Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
The Price of Fame
And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, 'Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.' And Jesus said to him, 'Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.'
Matthew 8:18-20 (NKJV)
Like mega stars today, Jesus may have grown weary sometimes of the 'people {who} thronged Him' (Luke 8:42). He sought solitude to rest and pray. 'In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there' (Mark 1:35).

Jesus never neglected or regretted His calling. He was born to perform. Yet in numerous scriptures, He teaches His Disciples to count the cost; 'for which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?' (Luke 14:28).

The bottom line is this: 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me' (Matthew 16:24). What are the costs of fame for Christ?

1. Many people will love you, but some will hate you without reason. 'Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil' (Luke 6:22).

2. With increasing stardom, private time will be difficult to find; you must diligently seek it. 'And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray' (Matthew 14:23).

3. As a performer of light, you will be tested beyond many others. 'Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you' (1 Peter 4:12).

4. Your conduct on set and off set will be watched closely--especially during stressful moments. You are an Ambassador of Christ, so 'abstain from all appearance of evil' (1 Thessalonians 5:22).

5. Your fans are a great responsibility. You are to be their 'meal ticket' to taste the body of Christ - not the other way around. 'From everyone who has been given much, much will be required' (Luke 12:48).

Are you born to perform? So was He.

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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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