Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
The Fans
I feel compassion for the people, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.
Matthew 15:32 (NAS)
Jesus found fame everywhere He went. 'and the fame of Him went out into every place of the country round about' (Luke 4:37). 'Great multitudes followed Him' (Matthew 4:25). He was a rock star, 'a chief cornerstone, elect, precious,' and His fans 'begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment' (1 Peter 2:6; Matthew 14:36).

I imagine the superstars of today, people like Oprah, Angelina, or Brad, know just what Jesus went through with His fans. However, His reaction to them was different. He felt responsible for those who followed Him, both spiritually and physically; their destinies were His primary concern. In fact, His fans were the reason He was born. His calling to earthly stardom was for them.

Most people consider Jesus' feeding of the five thousand to be an example of God's exceeding multiplication of our assets and our efforts. It is. But it's also about Jesus' compassion for His followers, a concern that goes far beyond their bellies. The bread He feeds them is Himself. It is life and hope.

Many celebrities today look upon their fans as necessary burdens--'meal tickets' for their stardom, rather than the exact opposite; Jesus became His fan's meal ticket--and ours. God's stars must see their fans as Jesus saw His. They have a great opportunity to feed them with His Word, His bread and His hope.

God's stars are responsible to show themselves as examples worthy to be followed.

If you're God's star--your fans are the reason you were born to be famous.

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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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