“And immediately His fame spread throughout all the regions of Galilee” (Mark 1.28 NKJV).
Many people want to be famous, but they may not count the cost of fame. Before Jesus began to speak and work with authority, He fasted 40 days in the wilderness and allowed Himself to be tempted by the Devil. Satan tempted Jesus to work in human selfishness—rather than in accordance to the Holy Sprit—three times. Although these temptations looked different on the outside, the main culprit of each one was disobedience to God and obedience to self. Satan tried to coerce Jesus into defying God, but Jesus would not budge from His complete surrender to His Father. God did not allow Jesus’ fame to spread until after He had proven Himself to be rooted in His will. The other price that we may not consider is that fame invites the exaltation and abhorrence of others based on a very shallow understanding. The fame that God allows into our lives is not our own—it is actually His glory that shines upon us. Just like people both hated and loved Jesus—people will both hate and love us when they see the life of Jesus in us. Until we are completely rooted in the will of the Father and our security is fixed in Him, the love and hate of others will move us like the shaky waves of the sea on a windy day. We will bounce from high to low, depending on the positive and negative opinions of those around us. We must be so secure in who we are in Christ that the fleeting views of the world don’t uproot us. Only then will we be wholly surrendered to the Father that we do His will no matter what the world thinks or says about it.
“God has allowed us to be trusted with the Good News. Because of this, we preach it to please God, not man. God tests and proves our hearts” (1 Thessalonians 2.4 NLV).