Fame and Success

Thursday, Jan. 12                           

“Don’t confuse fame with success.—Erma Bombeck.  Two key words here—fame and success.  Some would view them as synonyms.  Erma doesn’t think so, and neither do I.  Seeking fame is not a godly trait.  It smacks of self interest and comes directly from Satan and our sin nature.  Moses was right when he turned down God’s offer to wipe out Israel and start over with Moses.  Billy Graham is thought of as famous, but he never sought it.  On the opposite end of seeking fame is humility.  Moses was noted for that , and so is Billy Graham.  Paul in Phil. 2 points out humility as the core trait in following Jesus.  As to success, it can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how success is defined.  For the Christian, success could be defined as bearing fruit, and that can’t be accomplished without divine enablement.  Christians are to receive a crown of life when we enter eternity.  That reveals God’s grace, a divine provision that we don’t deserve.  That might be figurative language, but if they are real crowns, I suspect that we will deposit them at the feet of Jesus just as the 24 elders will do (Rev. 4:4, 10).  Figurative or not, we will have nothing to glory in.  Our “success” will only glorify Christ.

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