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Fighting the Rut – Handout

9.29.2019

 

Too often, we fall back into old ruts in life.  We let ourselves fall back into old habits. And one of the habits that we fight against so much in our culture, is the pursuit for more.

 

The pursuit of fame. I want to be known, I want to be admired, I want to be liked, I want to be followed, I want to be accepted, I want to be respected, I want to be famous.

 

And you might find this showing up in very small and different ways in your life. For instance, when you over-commit.

 

Research shows this about 10 to 12 year olds…their number one goal, their top desire in life is not for financial security, riches, success or achievement, community or great relationships. The number one top most common goal for 10 to 12 year olds is to be famous, to be broadly known, to be accepted, to be respected, to be famous.

 

There are times when God actually makes people famous.

 

1 Chronicles 14

16 So David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army, all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.

17 So David’s fame spread throughout every land, and the Lord made all the nations fear him.

 

Since Solomon asked for wisdom and not for riches and fame, God gave him wisdom, but also riches and fame. God gave fame. There’s nothing wrong with being famous.

 

Jesus was famous.

 

It is not wrong to be famous but a pursuit of fame can be very dangerous to your faith.

 

Pursuit of fame can be very dangerous to your faith because the trajectory takes your heart away from God, away from other people and it moves toward yourself.

 

Jim Carrey said this,

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”

 

John the Baptist had the right attitude/posture.

John 3:          John Testifies Again About Jesus

22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.) 25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”

27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”

 

Lucifer, back in the Book of Isaiah said the five I will’s.

 

Isaiah 14:13-14 New International Version (NIV)

13 You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.[a]
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”

 

TWO QUESTIONS:

  1. Who are you representing?

 

2 Corinthians 5:20 New International Version (NIV)

20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

 

If you are a follower of Christ, you are called an ambassador for Christ.

 

  1. Whose approval matters most?

 

1 Thessalonians 2:4 On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.

 

POINT: We are not called to be famous, we are called to be faithful.

 

Psalm 115

Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory,because of your love and faithfulness.