Our world longs for fame. To know that we are known. The incredible success of reality TV bares witness to this. X-factor, Idols, bachelors and bachelorettes, MTV with no music and excess teen angst, all of this rooted in our need for acclamation.
As I think about this, its our enduring pursuit of fame that confounds me. We observe fames’ inability to satisfy in the lives of those who attain it and yet still pursue it with such devotion.
Significance. Each of us hopes that our lives will count for something, that in some way the world will be different because we were here. Dreams are not built on aspirations of meaningless insignificance and all of us have dreams.
But not all fame is significant and this is the heart of the issue.
In Matthew 5:14 Jesus calls us the light of the world, a city on a hill that cannot be hidden. These are not insignificant titles. Evidently, in the mind of Christ, hoping for a life of significance is a Godly desire. What is critical is not our desire but our motivation and Matthew 5:16 shows us what right motivation looks like.
“Let your light shine before others SO THAT they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”(emphasis mine)
Our freedom is found in those two little words… “so that”.
With fame as with everything else our motivation needs to be the Glory of God. Our longing for fame is not only acceptable it is essential. What matters is whose fame we long for.
The great privilege of the Christian life is not to be known but to make known.
I pray that our lives would be deeply significant as we abandon our own fame and leverage our lives for His.