Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
To Balance Fame
So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
Luke 5:16 (NKJV)
And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
Matthew 14:23 (NKJV)
Jesus became famous in His own lifetime. No doubt about it. 'His fame spread throughout all the region' (Matthew 4:24). He was a rock star, 'and that Rock was Christ' (1 Corinthians 10:4).

He was so famous that hordes of people wanted to be close to Him, 'that they might only touch the hem of His garment' (Matthew 14:36). Being near to Him was life transforming. When the woman with the issue of blood touched His robe, He knew that 'power had gone out of Him' (Mark 5:30).

Fame brings exhaustion.

Like Jesus, stars of today grow weary in the spotlight. Unlike Jesus, most of them don't spend their alone time in fellowship with God. Therefore, they don't find the balance they need.

The result? Increasingly manic, diva, or self-destructive behavior.

Actors, models and talent for Christ must follow the King's lead. To balance the demands of performance, they renew their strength in the solitude of rest and prayer.

'But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint' (Isaiah 40:31).

God gives the essential balance for fame.

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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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