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9/3/13 at 09:00 AM 2 Comments

Celebrities on the Church Stage

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The love of God does not exclude any class of individual and God will use any vessel He has chosen and is committed to prepare. God knows everyone who succeeds for Him will only do so if he is helped by Him, making brokenness, humility and trust in God much more valuable traits. Earthly possessions and fame can and do vanish overnight and so enduring spiritual inner strength gained through divine encounters counts much more. God is not looking for someone with a perfect performance, but someone with a right heart.

A celebrity or a superstar is someone with uncommon prominence who commands higher than average degree of public fascination and influence in the news media. Celebrities – usually found at the top of their career – perform marketing feats in advertisement of a wide range of consumer products and services like cars, clothing and almost anything money buys … so should they not do likewise in selling the gospel? … would people not respond more to the gospel when stars sing with grammy-winning voice or when the wit and charm of practiced performers are unleashed on congregations? But the gospel is not for sale, spiritual gifts do not carry a price tag and God is already surrounded in dazzling inaccessible light ..He does not need human glitter.

Paul could have been a star in his own field but still said…1Co 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 1Co 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 1Co 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

We instinctively shun those who come to us in weakness and trembling and admire the nimble and surefooted. I recall a few years ago, a popular female singer with Christian roots suddenly came back into the limelight and ascended straight to the top of all the music charts. Christian media all over the world were ecstatic in celebrating this positive advertisement of faith. There was something nobody noticed about the glamor and sensuous glitz which seemed at variance with her testimony of brokenness … I could not help but admire her uncommon gifting but was led only to pray that all was indeed well with her … only to hear of her untimely death in unsavory circumstances announced months later. Another popular evangelist so celebrated her designer  wedding … her nuptial lace veil trailed filling the over-decorated aisle as satellite networks competed to broadcast this high glamor event of the best in Christian productions and performance to the world … months later a bitter and equally televised divorce followed. Why will we not learn the virtue of hiding our best treasures? Our faith, to be of best use, must first be nurtured and strengthened through a period when it is first spiritual, quiet, unseen and covered until God permits its exhibition …like a small flame which needs protection and time to become an unstoppable fire. God will often send us back to the wilderness to prepare us again and again for another level of usefulness.

The stage of the church is a spiritual battle ground … and its conquerors are not trained in Hollywood. It is unsafe to parade the unprepared to be ravaged in a vicious hunting massacre. We exist and stand only by grace but the Bible, given as our manual of instructions, advises that we wrestle against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places….

Paul, though a smart intellectual was not to be seen for over two years, receiving new vision and values from only one encounter with God to be prepared for the next. I do not hint at the thought that God will not use celebrities and stars, but they will often need more seasons of discipling and encounters of brokenness and reorientation that only God can initiate in His time.

Jas 1:9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: 10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

The Apostle James in his letter concludes that the rich should rejoice that he is made low. The celebrity will then have learnt a vital important lesson especially after all the applause and awards of men. He needs to know that all the riches and fame are as the flower of the grass that shall pass away…and thus must count little before God.

God is calling the rich and famous as well as the less known. It matters little how low you have already gone …or the dark embarrassing secrets. Jesus knows the worst things about you … even those misdeeds you have not even contemplated yet … but still He loves you the most … even now Jesus loves you much more than all your friends, agent, your loving spouse … more than the adoring and clapping throng and more importantly He will be there for you to win the battles … but take time to surrender to Him, to withdraw to learn of Him, to be like Him …meek and lowly of heart … to build a relationship with Him, to love Him. You will be amazed what a difference it will make to everything and especially your testimony. Give time to let Him change everything He wants to change … and reveal your destiny. Submit to His seasons at the back side. Learn to wait ..learn how to bounce back and how not to have what you want and when you want it. Give time for the unseen man inside to be strengthened.

God wants to bring forth a new person ... if we surrender to Him. If not, there is a trap that many do not plan to fall into … the trap of leaning on ourselves and presuming to use God selfishly just to cover our own percieved gaps and for our own purposes … only to be suddenly vulnerable when the unseen assailant discovers you on the spiritual stage armed only in designer clothing, stunning talent, a winning smile, vain ambitions and magnetic personality.

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

I pray you will always be victorious as you put on the armour of God …even as I also humbly urge those who are stronger, more spiritual and older in faith to pray more for other brethren in more prominent roles.

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