So You Want To Be Famous??
This Morning I Was Meditating On Matthew Chapter 4.
“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.” Matthew 4: 23-25 NKJV (emphasis added)
As I was meditating I heard these words: "SO YOU WANT TO BE FAMOUS???"
We have many today that want to be famous, especially on Social Media. Many are acting like a secular marketing firm as we: "Build Our Brand".
Notice in Verse 24 that His Fame went throughout...
What was it that caused His Fame to be spread?
He went about all Galilee TEACHING in their synagogues.
He was PREACHING The Gospel Of The Kingdom.
He was HEALING all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
As Rev. Kenneth E. (Dad) Hagin used to say: “The ministry of Jesus was Teaching, Preaching and Healing.” If His ministry consisted of these three components, ours should too. It was those three things that caused him to be Famous. Perhaps, if we did what He did, we will get what He got.
Teaching is an Explanation of truth whose intended purpose is Education. Preaching is a Proclamation whose intended purpose is Motivation. Obviously, we know what Healing is. Both Teaching and Preaching are Required to accomplish the ministry of Jesus! It is not a case of either/or; but both/and that we need. Without the Teaching and Preaching, it is hard to have the Healing.
It is also of note that Jesus was NOT PREACHING the Gospel of Salvation, but He was Preaching the Gospel of Kingdom. Most of us preach the former, not the latter. The Kingdom is the Dominion of the King or the King’s Domain. The Kingdom is governed by Kingdom Laws, not worldly, human, manmade laws. The Gospel of Salvation is a part of the Gospel of the Kingdom, but not the Totality of the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Jesus came to Establish His Kingdom but is Building His Church! Our mistake has been that we have been trying to fit The Kingdom into the Church, which is backwards, because the Church is part of the Kingdom.
I believe our Goal is not to be Famous on earth but in Heaven and Hell. Too many of us are like the seven sons of Sceva: (Jesus I know, Paul I know, but who are you?) Hell does not recognize our authority. Jesus said that there would be those who claimed to do things in His name, and His reply would be: “Depart from Me, I don’t know you.” How tragic to be a “Believer” and have Jesus say I don’t know you. You are not living by My Kingdom Laws. You are not Teaching and Preaching My Message.
There was an old Country song with words that said: “I Was Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places.” Too many have been looking for Fame in all the Wrong Places. We don’t desire to be known by men, but by Heaven and Hell. Hell should Fear Us and Heaven Endorse us! Yes, I want to be Famous…in Heaven and Hell.