Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
Hot Topics... Popularity
We wouldn't dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!
2 Corinthians 10:12 (NLT)
Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you...
Luke 6:26 (NIV)
Don't you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.
James 4:4 (NLT)
As a kid, I sought popularity. As a teen, I knew it wouldn't happen. I lacked traits of desirability, such as an attractive appearance and/or an outgoing personality.

So instead, I spent time in media. Back then, it was TV and lots of books.

I had vicarious relationships in the dramas of my fictional friends. With today's countless virtual options, faux friends and pretend popularity are magnified beyond all reckoning.

My two grandsons, ages 5 and 8, saw pictures of themselves on their aunt's Insta. Sadly, they compared their number of likes. Yikes! The popularity bug bites early and it's infected masses of people.

When we value ourselves by friends and fans or we hope to get rich in the process, the pursuit of popularity can warp us into someone God never intended.

We sell ourselves for little and nothing. But we must not. As precious and unique, we've been redeemed at a very high price.

Pleasing our Savior is all that matters.

## Hot Topics: Popularity (Part 51)

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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