Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, August 11th, 2018
Hot Topics... Trophies, Titles & Crowns
Daniel answered the king, 'Keep your gifts or give them to someone else, but I will tell you what the writing means.'
Daniel 5:17 (NLT)
I do not receive honor from men.
John 5:41 (NKJV)
When Jesus saw that they were ready to force Him to be their king, He slipped away into the hills by Himself.
John 6:15 (NLT)
With just a few notable exceptions, God's future stars weren't notable to men. They were considered uneducated, unrecognized and unaccomplished. Some might call them, 'Least likely to succeed.'

One of the exceptions was Saul (now Paul): the stellar student of a top teacher; a rising Pharisee and a Roman; a passionate and exemplary man. But after Christ, Paul called his past, 'Rubbish' (Philippians 3:8, NASB).

Another exception was Solomon: gifted heir of a glorious father; the richest and wisest king in the world; a master builder and visionary. Looking back, he called his life, 'Utterly meaningless' (Ecclesiastes 1:2, NIV).

Then and now, people crave significance. They chase after trophies, titles and crowns: little tokens that tell them they matter. But manmade trinkets soon lose their luster--as their holders learn, sooner or later.

Only when we stop chasing clapping hands can we seriously pursue Jesus. Only in Him are we significant.

## Hot Topics: Trophies, Titles & Crowns (Part 68)

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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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