1 Chronicles 14:17, John 3:30
In our study of the book of Acts, we learned that Satan is a liar and that what we focus on determines our spiritual growth. What we chase after reveals where our heart is. Some desire to be famous…to be known… and that is not all bad. But Satan can twist what is good and cause us to chase after the wrong things.
We all want to be known. God created that desire and it is fulfilled in our relationship with Him. There is a hole in our hearts that only God can fill.
- 1 Corinthians 8:3: But whoever loves God is known by God.
- Galatians 4:9: But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?
People in the Bible who were famous:
- David--1 Chronicles 14:17: David’s fame spread throughout every land, and the Lord made all the nations fear him.
- Solomon—1 Kings 3:31: …And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations.
- Jesus—Luke 4:14: And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region roundabout.
This shows us that fame itself is not wrong but the desire for it can be. God is the one worthy of all honor and glory. Psalm 115:1: Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth's sake.
Words of John the Baptist from John 3:28-31: 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”
Two questions to ponder:
- Who do we represent? Jesus is the answer to life eternal…and we represent Him in our world. 2 Corinthians 5:20: We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors…
- Whose approval matters the most? We are called to be “faithful” not famous.
Matthew 25:21: “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful (not famous) servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’