What is it you want to do that will make you famous? What is it you want to change that will make you famous? What is it you want to make that will make you famous? What is you want to give that will make you famous? What is it you want to share that will make you famous?
Why do you want to be famous? What is it about being famous that is such a draw for you?
Consider the heart behind the desire! Consider the intent behind the desire! Look at the lives of the rich and famous, are they really that great? Do you see the troubles they go thru? Do you see the struggles they go thru? Do you see the abuse they deal with? Being famous doesn’t fill that hole in your heart that stays empty till you find Jesus! Being famous doesn’t make you happier than before you were famous! Being rich doesn’t make things better unless you have the character and the heart before hand!
When people turn from worshipping God to people they end up finding that something is missing. When people turn from glorifying God to people they end up finding that the people fall short of their expectations.
So today let’s turn our focus back to God! Let’s ask Jesus into our hearts to fill that peace in that is missing! Let’s allow Jesus to work in us to build our lives up and our character! Let’s be living out our lives so that in all we think, say, and do we glorify God! Let’s point people back to God rather than just wanting to point the light on ourselves! It’s not about us! It’s about Jesus working in and through us so that others may also come to the realization of who Jesus and what He can do in and through their lives too! God has gifted us with talents and skills for His purpose! Imagine if we used it for His purpose! Imagine if people came to see us so that we could give them hope by telling them about Jesus! Imagine if you happened to become famous for sharing the love of God with others! (like Billy Graham) Imagine if you happened to become famous for having served the poor and needy! (like Mother Theresa) Imagine if your life could make a difference to the people at your workplace! Imagine if your life could make a difference to the people in your neighborhood! Imagine if your life could make a difference to the people in your family!
If not you then who? If not here then where? If not now then when? If not to glorify God then what? If not to bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name then why?
Day 57: Bible In One Year 2017 — Why Celebrity?
1. Seek God’s glory — Psalm 26:1-12
1Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered. 2Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; 3for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness. 4I do not sit with the deceitful, nor do I associate with hypocrites. 5I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked. 6I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, Lord, 7proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds. 8 Lord, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells. 9Do not take away my soul along with sinners, my life with those who are bloodthirsty, 10in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes. 11I lead a blameless life; deliver me and be merciful to me. 12My feet stand on level ground; in the great congregation I will praise the Lord.
–from Psalm 26
There are many famous christians who have lived their lives to glorify Jesus! There are many famous people in the bible who have lived their lives to glorify God! Is that your plan and intention to take the focus off of you and put it on God? Is that your plan and intention to bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name? Is that your plan and intention to make God known to the world around you?
None of us perfect and we all need a savior! We can do our best but we are human and can still trip up, so we need Jesus! It doesn’t matter who you are or how famous you are or what kind of celebrity you are, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God! Jesus was sent to save us from ourselves, not to condemn us but to make a way for us to be able to be forgiven and freed from the penalty of sin which is death! Consider the following calling us out of the darkness and into the light…
19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. –from John 3
When you think of people on stage coming out onto the stage the go from the darkness into the light! In this case though not for their own fame and glory, but for the glory of God! So it is ok to step into the light when you are doing it with a sincere heart! Let’s reflect the Son’s light to the world around us! Let’s make it less about people worshipping us and make it all about helping them into the presence of God and worshipping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
2. Reflect Jesus’ glory — Mark 9:2-32
2After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6(He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) 7Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” 8Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. 9As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant. 11And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?” 12Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? 13But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.” 14When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 15As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him. 16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. 17A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” 19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” 20So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. 21Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”“From childhood,” he answered. 22“It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” 23 “ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” 24Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” 25When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. 28After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 29He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” 30They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 32But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.
–from Mark 9
Imagine getting to see Jesus in that spot light – not manmade but provided by God! Imagine getting the glory like Moses from your time spent with God! Imagine the glory of God being with you everywhere you go! Will you share it? Will you give it? Will you believe? Will you ask God to help you with any unbelief? Will you pray? Will you fast? Will you take time to draw closer to God? Will you do it today? Will you do it daily? When we ask Jesus into our hearts and lives we are new creations! We are transformed, the old is gone and the new has come! Will you be less interested in your own celebrity and more interested in sharing Jesus with the world around you? Will you be more interested and showing the power of God in and through your life so that others may be transformed and receive Jesus into their lives so that God will get all the praise, the glory, and the honor in Jesus’ name?
God’s way isn’t our way! God’s ways are higher than our ways! We can’t lean on our own understanding but in all our ways we need to lean on God and trust in Him! In this world we will have troubles, but we can take heart because Jesus has overcome the world! When we face trials of many kinds thanks to Jesus we can consider it pure joy because we know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance and by letting perseverance finish its work it will make it so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
So let’s believe! Let’s allow Jesus to use our life experiences to build up our faith and trust in Him! Let’s allow it to become our testimony of God’s goodness and love! Let’s share it with the world around us! I was blessed enough to get to share a testimony with the people from work at a work event when I was asked to share a time in my life, how something happened, and then how I was changed after it. I couldn’t believe it and had so many stories and the following one is the one I shared.
It wasn’t about the light being put on me but about how God used a time that felt very dark and very painful to shine His light and transform me, my life, and all those around me who needed to hear the message of forgiveness!
3. Await an eternity of glory — Exodus 39:1-40:38
The Priestly Garments
1From the blue, purple and scarlet yarn they made woven garments for ministering in the sanctuary. They also made sacred garments for Aaron, as the Lord commanded Moses.
2They made the ephod of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen. 3They hammered out thin sheets of gold and cut strands to be worked into the blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen—the work of skilled hands. 4They made shoulder pieces for the ephod, which were attached to two of its corners, so it could be fastened. 5Its skillfully woven waistband was like it—of one piece with the ephod and made with gold, and with blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and with finely twisted linen, as the Lord commanded Moses.
6They mounted the onyx stones in gold filigree settings and engraved them like a seal with the names of the sons of Israel. 7Then they fastened them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod as memorial stones for the sons of Israel, as the Lord commanded Moses.
8They fashioned the breastpiece—the work of a skilled craftsman. They made it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen. 9It was square—a span long and a span wide—and folded double. 10Then they mounted four rows of precious stones on it. The first row was carnelian, chrysolite and beryl; 11the second row was turquoise, lapis lazuli and emerald; 12the third row was jacinth, agate and amethyst; 13the fourth row was topaz, onyx and jasper. They were mounted in gold filigree settings. 14There were twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes.
15For the breastpiece they made braided chains of pure gold, like a rope. 16They made two gold filigree settings and two gold rings, and fastened the rings to two of the corners of the breastpiece. 17They fastened the two gold chains to the rings at the corners of the breastpiece, 18and the other ends of the chains to the two settings, attaching them to the shoulder pieces of the ephod at the front. 19They made two gold rings and attached them to the other two corners of the breastpiece on the inside edge next to the ephod. 20Then they made two more gold rings and attached them to the bottom of the shoulder pieces on the front of the ephod, close to the seam just above the waistband of the ephod. 21They tied the rings of the breastpiece to the rings of the ephod with blue cord, connecting it to the waistband so that the breastpiece would not swing out from the ephod—as the Lord commanded Moses.
Other Priestly Garments
22They made the robe of the ephod entirely of blue cloth—the work of a weaver— 23with an opening in the center of the robe like the opening of a collar, and a band around this opening, so that it would not tear. 24They made pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen around the hem of the robe. 25And they made bells of pure gold and attached them around the hem between the pomegranates. 26The bells and pomegranates alternated around the hem of the robe to be worn for ministering, as the Lord commanded Moses.
27For Aaron and his sons, they made tunics of fine linen—the work of a weaver— 28and the turban of fine linen, the linen caps and the undergarments of finely twisted linen. 29The sash was made of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn—the work of an embroiderer—as the Lord commanded Moses.
30They made the plate, the sacred emblem, out of pure gold and engraved on it, like an inscription on a seal: holy to the Lord. 31Then they fastened a blue cord to it to attach it to the turban, as the Lord commanded Moses.
Moses Inspects the Tabernacle
32So all the work on the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, was completed. The Israelites did everything just as the Lord commanded Moses. 33Then they brought the tabernacle to Moses: the tent and all its furnishings, its clasps, frames, crossbars, posts and bases; 34the covering of ram skins dyed red and the covering of another durable leather and the shielding curtain; 35the ark of the covenant law with its poles and the atonement cover; 36the table with all its articles and the bread of the Presence; 37the pure gold lampstand with its row of lamps and all its accessories, and the olive oil for the light; 38the gold altar, the anointing oil, the fragrant incense, and the curtain for the entrance to the tent; 39the bronze altar with its bronze grating, its poles and all its utensils; the basin with its stand; 40the curtains of the courtyard with its posts and bases, and the curtain for the entrance to the courtyard; the ropes and tent pegs for the courtyard; all the furnishings for the tabernacle, the tent of meeting; 41and the woven garments worn for ministering in the sanctuary, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when serving as priests.
42The Israelites had done all the work just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 43Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the Lord had commanded. So Moses blessed them.
–from Exodus 39
Setting Up the Tabernacle
1Then the Lord said to Moses: 2“Set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, on the first day of the first month. 3Place the ark of the covenant law in it and shield the ark with the curtain. 4Bring in the table and set out what belongs on it. Then bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps. 5Place the gold altar of incense in front of the ark of the covenant law and put the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle.
6“Place the altar of burnt offering in front of the entrance to the tabernacle, the tent of meeting; 7place the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it. 8Set up the courtyard around it and put the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard.
9“Take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and everything in it; consecrate it and all its furnishings, and it will be holy. 10Then anoint the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils; consecrate the altar, and it will be most holy. 11Anoint the basin and its stand and consecrate them.
12“Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water. 13Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments, anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest. 14Bring his sons and dress them in tunics. 15Anoint them just as you anointed their father, so they may serve me as priests. Their anointing will be to a priesthood that will continue throughout their generations.” 16Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him.
17So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year. 18When Moses set up the tabernacle, he put the bases in place, erected the frames, inserted the crossbars and set up the posts. 19Then he spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering over the tent, as the Lord commanded him.
20He took the tablets of the covenant law and placed them in the ark, attached the poles to the ark and put the atonement cover over it. 21Then he brought the ark into the tabernacle and hung the shielding curtain and shielded the ark of the covenant law, as the Lord commanded him.
22Moses placed the table in the tent of meeting on the north side of the tabernacle outside the curtain 23and set out the bread on it before the Lord, as the Lord commanded him.
24He placed the lampstand in the tent of meeting opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle 25and set up the lamps before the Lord, as the Lord commanded him.
26Moses placed the gold altar in the tent of meeting in front of the curtain 27and burned fragrant incense on it, as the Lord commanded him.
28Then he put up the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle. 29He set the altar of burnt offering near the entrance to the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, and offered on it burnt offerings and grain offerings, as the Lord commanded him.
30He placed the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it for washing, 31and Moses and Aaron and his sons used it to wash their hands and feet. 32They washed whenever they entered the tent of meeting or approached the altar, as the Lord commanded Moses.
33Then Moses set up the courtyard around the tabernacle and altar and put up the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard. And so Moses finished the work.
The Glory of the Lord
34Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
36In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; 37but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. 38So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.
–from Exodus 40
Today’s devotional closed with the following…
David caught a glimpse of God’s glory when he entered the temple. The disciples caught a glimpse of God’s glory when Jesus was transfigured before them. When you gather together with the people of God you should get a glimpse of God’s glory.
When they had finished building the tabernacle (‘The Dwelling’, MSG) (which precedes the temple) the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting and ‘the Glory of God filled The Dwelling’ (40:34, MSG). Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled upon it and ‘the Glory of God filled The Dwelling’ (v.35, MSG).
The Glory of God was tangibly powerful at that moment. It could actually be seen ‘settling’ in the tabernacle. The Hebrew word for settling (shekinah) is sometimes used today to describe a particularly powerful or tangible sense of the presence and glory of God.
The cloud above the tabernacle, which represented the glory of God, accompanied the people of God in their travels and led them by day and by night (vv.36–38) as the Holy Spirit of God now leads you. This is the Old Testament background to the cloud in the story of the transfiguration. What Peter, James and John experienced on that occasion was a glimpse of the glory of the Lord (Mark 9:7).
Through ‘the gospel that displays the glory of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 4:4) you can get a glimpse of the glory of God. ‘For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ’ (v.6).
It is only a glimpse and one day you will see the reality itself. The apostle Paul said that this is why you should not lose heart even when you are going through difficult times: ‘For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all’ (v.17).
–from Day 57: Bible In One Year 2017