Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
Fans Can Be Fickle (Part 1)
Now when the people saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, 'The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!'
Acts 14:11 (NKJV)
And with these sayings they could scarcely restrain the multitudes from sacrificing to them. Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.
Acts 14:18-19 (NKJV)
In Acts 14 Paul and Barnabas went to the city of Lystra. While there, Paul healed a man crippled from birth. Witnesses were thrilled. They worshipped Paul and Barnabas as gods and ignored the disciples' protests against it.
But from one sentence to the next, the crowd turned. They changed from adoring fans to a malicious mob--even stoning Paul and leaving him for dead. What happened? They heard some smack talk about Paul and believed it. Fans can be fickle.
When Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, 'A great multitude... cried out 'Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord! The King of Israel' ' (John 12:12-13). Five days later when Jesus was arrested, 'They all cried again saying, 'Not this Man, but Barabbas!' ' (John 18:40). Fans can be fickle.
So what should actors, models, and talent for Christ do with fickle fans? Love them anyway. Jesus did. But don't seek to please them. Pleasing people is like running on a path with dozens of detours and missing the goal.
'Run in such a way that you may obtain it' (1 Corinthians 9:24). Remember the One you must please awaits you at the finish line with the prize in His Hand. Stay on the straight path. Don't get distracted by fans who can quickly become foes.
Jesus spells it out: 'I do not receive honor from men' (John 5:41), but only from God. 'I always do those things that please Him' (John 8:29). Because fans can be fickle.
God is your greatest Fan. He cheers every faith-filled step. Seek to please Him.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fans Can Be Fickle series.