Ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, and more often than not...they will say "FAMOUS". I did an identity lesson with my third grade students, and was truly amazed how many said they wanted to be famous....but then could not tell me "HOW" they would become famous.
One might think Warhol saw into the future with this "famous" quote. Our society has an obsession with fame. People will do anything & everything to get their "fifteen minutes". Fame was once reserved for those who had amazing skill or ability within a field. However, now with reality television, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media....fame is at their fingertips(I wonder what Warhol would do with such technology?). At the root of much of this fame mongering is a deep unmet need to be known. Fame however is a shallow substitute for truly being known & truly knowing. That can only come from the Lord.
Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father's name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
John 10: 25-28
Fame is temporary: our own(if we ever achieve such) OR the fame of those we look up to or follow. However, there is one that is not temporary. He is I AM. He WAS...He IS...and He WILL BE. He is The Famous One! If we know His voice & we follow Him....we will possess something more precious than fame. Our name will be written in the Book of Life. So much better than our name in lights!!! And the idea that HE KNOWS US!!! The Lord of heaven & earth...the creator of all things....HE KNOWS OUR NAME IF WE ARE HIS!!!!!!!!!! Fame they say...changes people.
A personal relationship with the Lord changes people too!! Being known...and knowing Him. The world can not match it....15 minutes of fame can not compare.
Dear Jesus, may my life reflect knowing you in all I do..
in all I say. May I desire first and foremost to know you better. May I long to be in fellowship with you. May my joy be in reading the Word, speaking/listening to you in prayer, and sharing YOU with others. This world may try to say we need fame to be whole....but all I need is You.