Ask a young person what they want to be when they grow up, and more than likely they will say ..."FAMOUS". I often do identity lessons with my students, and this conversion always comes up. Gone are the days of students wanting to be teachers, fire men (and woman), or police officers. They now say, "I'm going to be a YouTuber, TikTok'er, Gamer...etc." Their desire is to be known...to be famous.
Did Andy Warhol see into the future with this quote about being "famous". 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, Tik Tok, 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/ 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 (or "Trending")! 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.
Love this song by Chris Tomlin!!!
by Chris Tomlin
You are the Lord
The famous One, famous One
Great is Your Name in all the earth
The heavens declare You're glorious, glorious
Great is Your fame beyond the earth
And for all You've done and yet to do
With every breath I'm praising You
Desire of nations and every heart
You alone are God, You alone are God
The morning star is shining through
And every eye is watching You
Revealed by nature and miracles
You are beautiful, You are beautiful
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