Saturday, February 26th, 2011
Temptation #2: Fame And Glory
You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.
Luke 4:8 (NKJV)
Satan to Jesus: 'All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours' (Luke 4:6-7). Jesus rebukes Satan with the Word of God.
Was a 30-year-old carpenter tempted to become the richest and most powerful man on earth? We don't know what Jesus felt, but we do know Satan came at His weakest moment. How would we respond?
How should actors, models, and talent for Christ respond to the temptations of worldly fame and glory? What if we grow tired, frustrated, and vulnerable?
We must do what Jesus did. We must know God--and know Him well.
Though Jesus was surely exhausted after His 40-day fast in the desert, He clung to God's Word, promises, and perfect timing.
You see, after waiting 30 years, Jesus was about to become the most famous man in the world anyway. He didn't need Satan's help. To accept it would have bound the two of them together therein keeping us bound as well.
When we are tempted, we must speak up like Jesus or David, 'To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever' (Psalm 30:12).
God's performers stand in a pivotal place in the history of the world. To strengthen and refine you, God allows tests. To prepare for these tests, we must spend time in prayer, in fellowship, and in Scripture.
'Your name, O Lord, endures forever. Your fame, O Lord, throughout all generations' (Psalm 135:13).
Apart from God, fame becomes distorted.
Apart from God, glory is an illusion; it is a bubble that waits to be popped.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Temptation series.