Monday, May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016 - Who Is The Star Of Your Show?

This year’s NBA playoffs have been full of drama and intrigue with injuries to stars, questions of who is just a star vs who is a superstar, stars that are taking different roles to let others shine, and as usual a certain team from the Lone Star State showing what it looks like for a team to shine as a unit…

Notice the theme here is about “stars.” In reality everyone on an NBA roster has been a star at some level and only a few get to hold that title at the most elite level; therefore many have to humble themselves…

I’m tired this week so I’ll get right to the point: We (believers) are called to stop trying to be the star and instead willingly humble ourselves! It is not about us but instead about Jesus, as evidenced through our promoting others to “star status” in our lives… with the glory going to Jesus as “The Star”! We are called to put the Spotlight on Him in everything we are doing...

When people want to know why we care about them… it’s Jesus!
When people want to know why we are serving them… it’s Jesus!
When people want to know why strive to live a life of holiness… it’s Jesus!

Are you serving because you want to be loved or because you want Jesus to be loved? (Do you want to be the star or is Jesus the star?)

John the Baptist said it: “He must increase, I must decrease!” (John 3:30)
Paul the Apostle said: “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.” (Philippians 3:7)

But let me take it one step farther… concerning your Gospel presentation to others… are you concentrating on making man the star by talking about what we can do for God or is Jesus the star of the Gospel which focuses on what He has done for us? Evaluate the phrases and clichés you use and see who the focal point is. The true Gospel is about The One that humbled Himself, and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8) The true Gospel rests on us believing in what Christ has done for us not what we can do for Him! For I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes from the law, then Christ died in vain.” (Galatians 2:21)

(Side note: if your presentation of the Gospel makes man the star, man will always be left confused and doubting when he realizes he can’t carry the load… Jesus carried the load all the way to Calvary!)

Let’s chant His name!
He is The Star of the show!

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