Friday, May 1st, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 23)
Refusal Of Popularity
Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
James 4:4 (NASB)
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:10 (NIV)
How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?
John 5:44 (NKJV)
Woe to you when all men speak well of you...
Luke 6:26 (NKJV)
Popularity comes from a Latin word, popularis, which means 'belonging to the people.' Therein, popularity is a trap. When we seek votes, likes, status, applause and approval from people, we seek wrongly.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you don't belong to the people. You belong to God. Your 'Citizenship is in Heaven' (Philippians 3:20). Your Captain is Jesus.
Have you not 'Entered a Covenant to seek the Lord God' (2 Chronicles 15:12)? To to 'Serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul' (Joshua 22:5)? To follow His Son?
If so, you don't have time for people-pleasing. You're into God-pleasing. Like Jesus: 'For I always do those things that please Him' (John 8:29). 'Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone' (John 6:15).
Because fame can be fleeting, fans can be fickle, friends can be flighty and family can be faithless.* To prove it, Heaven's Prince became Jerusalem's Prisoner.
Regarding performers who seek popularity at any cost: 'Come out from among them and be separate' (2 Corinthians 6:17). Remind yourself and each other: Only God is constant. Only 'Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever' (Hebrews 13:8).
Even more, not one Bible hero sought fame. Not Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, Samson, David, Daniel, Esther, Mary, Jesus, Peter or Paul. Instead, fame sought them. 'These blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the Lord your God; (Deuteronomy 28:2)...
If, if, if you 'Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness...' (Matthew 6:33).
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC 2-part devotion: Fans Can Be Fickle: http://amtcdevotions.org/fans-can-be-fickle-part-1
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.