Thursday, May 24, 2012

Famous in God's Eyes

Sometimes we can find ourselves very much in awe when we think of someone who is well known for their acting, sports or even a famous minister.  If we see them on television especially.  The world places a high value on someone who can pretend to be someone else in front of a camera.  If someone can sing a song, he might be asked to give his political views.  A simple newscastor might end up having a huge influence simply because they are able to read a telepromptor well.

In the body of Christ it happens as well.  It is easy to become intimidated when thinking of the grand works of a world wide minister.  We live in an age where we can read the biography and even follow along the lives of those in the spotlight. 

It would be easy to think of ourselves and wish we had what 'they' had.  We feel we are not the famous ones or the gifted ones.  If you are reading this,  I want you to know that  God looks on you with much joy and likes the person He created you to be.  He did not plan for all of us to be in the spotlight.

In fact, He is not pleased that we see famous people as idols.  In my life I have been given the opportunity to meet some very famous and wealthy people.  Some turned out to be on top of the charts one day and in disgrace on another day.  Some never found happiness in the wealth they possessed though they buy new material things all the time.

Frequently, I read about people traveling and ministering in foriegn countries.  I read where hundreds of lives are being set free from the burdens of sin.  I read about the miraculous healings and prophetic words given.  I am happy to read it all.

Then, I am reminded what the Lord has told me.  'I know the plans I have for you.' and  ' I am no respector of persons.'  To God,you and  I are  just as famous as anyone on earth.  Our life might never be in front of a pulpit or on the big screen.  No one might ever hear of us.  But God sees all that we do for him.  Whatever we do outside of that, is wood hay and stubble anyway.  It will be burned.  If we are doing things just to get the applause of men it is meaningless to God. 

We need to run our own race at the pace God gave us.  Never mind what the other one is doing.  We pray and encourage those who run the race for Christ.  I don't mean to ignore it.  Just don't compare yourself to someone else's ministry.  Don't be awed by someone who obtained fame in the eyes of the world either.

Perhaps God has you spreading a good positive word of encouragement to those near you.  Perhaps your life is nothing but being a good mom.  Maybe you have a full time job and live a life of contentment, faith and joy in front of others.  The mission field is wherever your feet land.  It matters little who else sees what you do.

When I think of the big names that flash across the television screen today, I pray for them.  One day they will stand before God and He will either say 'Well done good and faithful servant or 'Depart from me I never knew you.'

'Never knew you' seems too incredulous to believe.  God knows all.  Yet, He does not know the ungodly as His children.  He is not going to be impressed with someone who makes a lot of money and does not follow Him.  He is not impressed with the adulation we give to stars of the sports arena.  Those famous ones that grace the headline news are not famous to God.  Truthfully, there will be some who profess to be Christians and yet are not.

Matthew 7:21-23 reads

:Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?'  Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you.  Away from me, you evil doers.'

There is only one who deserves our awe.  His name is Jesus.

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