Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
Temptation #2: Is Fame Evil?
Offer yourself as a role model of good actions. Show integrity, seriousness, and a sound message that is above criticism
Titus 2:7-8 (CEB)
The gifts of fame, wealth, power and glory aren't inherently sinful or evil. Jesus and John were famous. Before them, so were prophets and good kings. Nicodemus, who gave Jesus his tomb, was a rich and influential leader. So where's the line drawn?

It's all about what we DO with the gifts (and their source). Because we didn't make or earn our gifts.* Are they from God or Satan? As influencers, do we help or harm the fans looking for someone to follow?

Source #1: God: 'Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights' (James 1:17).

Source #2: Satan: 'And the devil said to Him, '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' ' (Luke 4:6).

NOTE: When famous celebrities don't know God... As ambassadors, we don't condemn them. Instead, we pray and represent our Lord, by extending the fruit of His Spirit.

2nd NOTE: When Christian stars forget their Promoter and get lost in the hype all around them, we pray and gently remind them about...

The real Source, purpose and duty of fame.

As YOU, God's new and vibrant performers, enter the mission fields of entertainment, you carry the hope and Person of Christ. You shine with Good News and positive acts. If you become famous, yay and hooray! Just remember to give it back to Him!


Humbling yourself and extending your wealth... for the people and needs God will show you.

## Temptation #2: Is Fame Evil?

* If Jesus said, 'I can of myself do nothing,' (John 5:30), as in His power and gifts came from His Father, then who are we to think we can do anything by our own strength or talents?

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Temptation #2: Is Fame Evil? 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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