Our modern-day culture is saturated with celebrities in every form. From the entertainment industry to politics and yes, even the church. We’ve sacrificed authentic relationships for superficial associations with people of notoriety and called them our “besties” because they struck a pose with us for the sake of the gram.
I’m not saying it’s bad to admire, honor or even celebrate people who have achieved greatness. What I AM saying is that we should not idolize and chase after fame.
We’ve trailed behind the footsteps of those seemingly important for the possibility of the attention they may give or endorsement they could provide like a dog seeking water to cool its tongue in summer’s hottest temperatures.
As if that weren’t bad enough, innocent people have been stepped over and stepped on so to create a ladder to move closer to higher position and people of rank.
In other words, we’ve become “star struck”. We’ve created idols of people we THINK are important and by any means necessary done whatever it takes to look like, become or at best be “friends” with them. And so now we have this war of chasing the stars.
Remember the saying “Keeping Up with the Jones”? First of all, who is this “Jones Family” and who’s to say that while it may seem on the outside they have it all together, their lives could be falling down quicker than pantyhose at the end of a long day and yet we are trying to keep up with something that isn’t even real or furthermore FOR US! And if they really DO have it going on, good for them…we don’t know the sacrifices they’ve made to achieve this!
Somewhere a lie was believed that if looked a certain way, achieved a specific level in life and filled our social calendar with the “who’s who’” list, we have arrived. But arrived where? Chasing stars or stardom is exhausting and never-ending. What satisfaction does it bring at the end of the day knowing you have to start all over again the next morning?
In so many attempts to be seen, recognized or validated, countless opportunities are being missed to become your authentic self, build meaningful relationships and create a culture that truly is Christ-centered.
What does the Word say about this and what principles can we apply to our lives to protect ourselves from seeking validation from others or chasing stardom?
Kingdom principles work opposite of the world’s system.
The world says to take and make sure you have what you need. The WORD says give. In fact, the Word says if you give to the poor you will not know lack! (Proverbs 29:27)
When the world does give they will boast about the good that has been done. The WORD says that the right hand should not let the left hand know what it is doing. When you brag on what you do, you’ve just reduced your reward to the notice taken from those you shared it with. (Matthew 6:3)
The world chooses honor those of fame. The Word teaches us to honor those who are nameless and helpless. (Luke 14:13)
If you want to achieve true greatness, learn to be a servant and clothe yourself in humility.
11 For whoever exalts himself will be [a]humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Stop people-pleasing and star-chasing. Serve to please God and seek Him only. Why chase the stars when you have the attention of the SON?
Hebrews 11:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligentlyseek Him.