On it or not, social media has forever changed the world. It’s tempting each of us to pursue fame. The temptation is so strong that nothing short of constant vigilance will keep you from going astray and believing a big-time lie. The lie is that fame is life’s greatest pursuit. The great aim of the Holy Spirit is not your fame. It is to help you live a life without blame — whether or not fame is part of your life story.

Another word for fame is popularity. Has it become — even subtly — a preoccupation for you? If so, it may be time to kick the popularity pursuit in the backside. There is something in the fallen human psyche that seeks popularity, but God has a remedy for it. If your ambition is to please God, the popularity pursuit will be put in its place. You cannot simultanously seek to honor God and yourself. By very nature of the battle, one must give way to the other.

In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he lays out the purpose of your life:

“May he (Jesus Christ) strengthen you hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.”

God’s goal for you is to live a blameless life that is set apart for the fame of Jesus, not yourself. Pursing something else is like feasting on cotton candy when filet mignon is on the menu. Committing yourself toward a life centered on Jesus and his agenda will lead you down the road to eternal success. Going down any other road will be an epic blunder you can’t afford to make.

Jesus is coming back with his “holy ones” (angels). That return will be literal, visible, and inescapable. Are you centering your entire life on this reality? If not, now is a good time to realign yourself with God — and life’s greatest pursuit. 

God wants to strengthen your heart so that you live for him, not yourself (or anyone else, for that matter). To be “holy” is to be set apart for God and everything he wants to accomplish in your life and the world. 

Have you mistaken a life of fame for a life without blame?


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Michael Anthony, CourageMatters.comA Call For Courage, Michael Anthony I'm a husband, father, inspirational speaker, podcaster, blogger, and Lead Pastor of Genesis Church, in York, Pennsylvania, where I live among farm animals and snack foods. I'm the author of A Call for Courage: Living With Power, Truth and Love In An Age of Intolerance and Fear (Thomas Nelson Publishers), and the soon to be released Courageous Life™ Motivational Planner. Both are available wherever books are sold. Send speaking, interview, and guest appearance inquiries to info@couragematters.com. , or click here and do your thing. For keynote speaking, interview and guest appearance inquiries, contact info@couragematters.com.
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