Tuesday, December 25th, 2012
Fifteen Minutes Of Fame (Part 5, Conclusion)
Your Name, O Lord, endures forever, Your fame, O Lord, throughout all generations.
Psalm 135:13 (NKJV)
And the fame of Him went out into every place of the country round about.
Luke 4:37 (KJV)
In three years, Jesus became the most famous Man in Israel. Soon after, He became the most famous Man on earth--and surely beyond it. In terms of star power, Jesus is greater than the stars of night. He is 'The Morning Star' (Revelation 2:28), 'The Day Star' (2 Peter 1:19), and 'The Sun of Righteousness' (Malachi 4:2).
In astronomy, scientists have classified many types of stars. 'Main sequence stars,' like earth's sun, are the most stable stars in the universe. Jesus is the absolute Main Sequence Star, and our earth revolves around Him. He is the Source and requirement for life. Without Him, we die.
Like our King, God's stars in the Bible achieved lasting fame. Of the woman with the alabaster flask (thought to be Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus), Jesus said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this Gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her' (Matthew 26:13).
Every single star for God still shines. Not one of them is extinguished. Their radiance is eternal, as is their legacy by the lives they have touched with 'True Light' (John 1:9).
Actors, models, and talent for Christ: Deny the lust for earthly fame. Neither accept its limitations. Don't settle for 15 minutes or 4.17 hours of manmade glory. It's not real and that's not enough. You are destined for lasting fame.
So be famous for God. But remember, lasting fame comes from Him--not man, not media, and not awards. It's one of those good 'things' that's given to you when you seek the 'Kingdom of God and His righteousness' (Matthew 6:33) first. It's one of those blessings that 'Will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the Lord your God' (Deuteronomy 28:2). In other words, godly fame will chase you down.
And not just in Heaven:
'Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way... but those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth' (Psalm 37:5-7,9).
Or as King David puts it: 'I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living' (Psalm 27:13). And so he did. And so will you.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fifteen Minutes Of Fame series.