Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, June 15th, 2018
Hot Topics... Christianity's Mega Pastors
The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!
Matthew 10:24-25 (NIV)*
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
James 3:1 (NIV)
The worldliness of most mega-pastors is a continual concern for me. I just can't see how they're copying Christ, Who is clearly cast as our Example.

Back then, Jesus was THE Mega-Pastor: a Rock Star followed by countless people. He could have had anything He wanted. But He wanted nothing, except our good.

He advised His church leaders-in-training to prepare for persecution--not perks; to rest in watchfulness--not worldliness; to lose their lives in order to gain them.

He purposely avoided shows of wealth to focus His time on acts of service.

A pastor teaches best by how he walks, rather than how he weaves wonderful words.

Is he modeling a high-fashion strut with a big mansion and high-powered friends? Or is he modeling a simple life with a fond focus on needy neighbors? If a pastor showcases luxury, then his followers will work for the same.

Teachers are held to the highest standard, and teachers of Christ should look like their Lord.

## Hot Topic Series: Christianity's Mega Pastors (Part 11)

* 'He says here, He and they are so bound up together that they cannot look to fare better than He, and should think it enough if they fare no worse' (Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary on Matthew 10:25).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hot Topics series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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