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Fame and Fortune

January 19, 2007

I Peter 1:24-25  “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.  The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:  But the word of the Lord endureth forever.  And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

Normally, I probably wouldn’t make comments concerning a television program; especially one that I’ve never seen.  (I don’t live under a rock; but I do work second shift)  Nonetheless, over the past few days, I’ve heard many talk about “American Idol” (one could do an entire series of posts just on the title)  and how many would be performers are humiliated by the judges as their talent is questionable.  I’ve heard folks talk about this and have read comments on how “comical” some of these contestants are.  Last night, I read a post that really put this into perspective.  It can be read at www.robtalk.wordpress.com and the lady who wrote this is the first person that I’ve heard who sees the bigger picture.

She mentions a contestant who was “worked over” by the judges.  Later, when they talked to him, he was in tears; stating that he “really wanted to be famous!”  This guy; I’m thinking probably a younger person, has hinged his happiness on a goal that few obtain in this life.  To be “famous” and oftentimes in the day that we live in, to “be famous” for the sake of “being famous.”  Not accomplishing some noteworthy task and, as a result, allowing the notariety to follow, but to pursue the notariety.  (Last night, during lunch break, I heard Glenn Beck make this observation and it’s an accurate one.)  Ours has become a shallow culture in which far too many obsess over the rudiments of this world.  We give the type of standing to rappers and movie stars that was once reserved for astronauts and scientists.  (This is not in any way, an indictment on any who performs professionally in the way of music or theater, but these things, like all institutions, will come to pass.)  I really pray that the guy mentioned by Robin will come to Jesus, who offers everlasting life along with joy unspeakable and contentment in this world. 

This post is going to entail some well-known scriptures, so I’ll start off with this one:

 Malachi 3:16-17  “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of rememberance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.”

If God, who inhabits all of eternity, created all that is, and holds the very breath of life in his hand, has your name in his book of rememberance, you have more “fame” than all of the rock stars, sports heros, and hollywood celebrities all put together.  If you know Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have everlasting life; meaning the rememberance of you will never pass away.  Here’s another familiar verse that really puts this into perspective:

Daniel 12:2-3  “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”

“Fame!…I’m going to live forever!”  These lyrics come from an early eighties song in which the pursuit of a name for onesself was once again, glorified.  Being famous in the realm of shifting sand and one-hit-wonders.  Seeking to etch ones name in the consciousness of the masses, who can neither save nor deliver from adversity.  It was an obsession back then, but today, it consumes the natonal spotlight as I’ve been hearing about “American Idol” all week.  It’s a major news event that, in some media outlets, rivals anything that’s going on in Iraq or Darfur.  (To put this into context, every day in Darfur, precious souls, for whom Christ died, are going into eternity because of the ongoing conflict.  It’s been weeks since I’ve heard mention of this on any of the major networks.  I hope that I was simply not tuned in at the right time)

If you remember the story that Jesus told concerning the rich man and Lazarus, you’ll note that he never mentions the name of the rich man.  (Luke 16:19-31)  In this life, it’s likely that the rich man was well known among his contemporaries as are most people who have “deep pockets” so to speak.  Likewise, it’s likely that hardly anyone knew Lazarus by name.  In the eyes of the world, he was just “a poor beggar who sat in the same place every day looking for a handout.”  Well, God knew Lazarus by name.  He knew his thoughts, he knew the number of hairs on his head, and he knew exactly how many times the rich man passed him by without so much as acknowledging him.  Lazarus is going to shine as the brightness of the firmament and the rich man, whose name has been long since forgotten in the mists of time, has nothing to look forward to except unrelenting torment as he regarded not the God of his fathers while in the land of the living. 

Luke 10:19-20  “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”

The single greatest event in the life of any saint, is the day that we first meet Jesus.  The day when we come before God, lost and undone.  We confess our sinful state, and ask Jesus to wash us in his sin cleansing blood and to make us whole.  That moment in time, where our eternal destination is altered.  The angels shouting with joy as Gods book of rememberance is opened and a new name is written down.  That’s more fame than hollywood could ever offer.  Thats a name that will never fade away.  When you know the King of kings, you have eternal life; a life that cannot be touched by the powers that be.  They can kill the body, but the eternal soul is beyond their reach. 

Job 3:17-19  “There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.  There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.  The small and the great are there; and the servant is free from his master.”

I know that in the above verses, Job is lamenting his situation, but they really do convey an important truth.  This world is ever so temporary and it’s fame and fortune are restricted to the land of the mundane.  The phrase “You cant take it with you” is as true today as it was when it was first uttered.  But the true riches laid up in heaven are forever.  They don’t age or lose their value.  I need to be wrapping this up, but I wanted to comment on this because it’s all too easy for us to become wrapped up in the temporal trappings of this life.  Today, the temptations of this world are more diverse than ever before.  The very atmosphere is saturated with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.  These are the very building blocks that cause many young folks to seek out a name for themselves in this land of sorrows.  Looking to fill the emptiness that only Jesus Christ can fill.  Seeking satisfaction from a dry and thirsty land where no water is.  I need to close, but I’ll leave the following familiar passage of scripture. 

John 14:1-3  “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Fathers house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

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4 comments

  1. The Malachi scripture on the book of remembrance is one of those hidden ones that catches people by surprise, sort of like hearing that God sings over us with joy. Good job in bringing that to mind.

    The most fame any of us should desire is that our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. The picture at the top of my blog is one of my favorites because it shows Jesus embracing someone who has just passed on to meet Him. “Welcome Home.”


  2. That puts it all into pespective doesn’t it, that what counts isn’t the power we have in Christ Jesus, it is that out names are written in heaven!

    Even in ministry if the goal is fame, recognition, the praise of men, well then ,there are your rewards. I’d far rather be invisable to the world but pleasing God, being obedient and hearing His praise when I satnd before Him.

    It is one of the things I ponder, how awesome it would be to walk in the love and anointing of Christ and the Holy Spirit, in the fulness of the power for healing and deliverence, the signs following that Jesus said would accompany us, and yet be compleltely removed from any recognition, that ALL the glory would be given to our Lord to whom it is due!
    To be kind of invisible while ministering…

    Random ramblings this morning, sorry…
    Bless you timbob, I enjoy your posts so much; good food for thought!

    Susan


  3. All of this just reveals how shallow we are as a culture. The all too sad truth is that we have allowed the culture to shape so very much of what it means to be church, therefore, this also reveals just how shallow we have become in far too many ministries and church situations.

    The Lord Jesus is our only hope, our only true source of provision for all of our needs, including esteem and significance.

    I thank the Father who has qualified us (Col 1:12), not because of who we are but because of who He is. He is our competence, our confidence and our commendation (2Cor 3:1-6). All of this is only found in the ministry of the Spirit and not in the ministry of man’s flesh or natural ability.

    Far too many have put their hope in man’s acclamation and not in the Lord God Almighty’s love and esteem of them. Lord have mercy on us all.

    Great post!

    Blessings in Christ Jesus!


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