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Jesus is the Most Famous!

By: Austin Creecy

"How sweet the name of Jesus sounds, in a believer's ear! It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away his fear."

John Newton

A few months ago, one of my closest friends, who we will call “John,” found out he was possibly friends with someone “famous!” I am going to call the famous person “Mike” for the sake of conversation.

John = one of my good friends

Mike = celebrity

John had been talking to this “famous” man, Mike, on social media for nearly a year. Over that time, they formed an online friendship. The two men mainly discussed everyday life topics and supported one another to the best of their ability. Obviously, living in two different countries complicates things! You know, your typical online friendship.

At one point, John thought the man in question looked familiar, but he could not put her finger on how or where he had seen this famous man, Mike. Suddenly, a few months ago, it hit him.

John called me up and said, “My online friend is a famous person, an incredibly famous singer overseas with notoriety here in the states also. I knew he was famous!

Mike was using a fake name on his social media account. Once John realized who Mike truthfully was, he began researching to confirm if his hypothesis was correct. John noticed both Mike’s professional and fake accounts shared some of the same pictures. In fact, Mike had sent John childhood photos, as well as photos of his dogs. John now confirmed this “Mike” guy was the famous singer.

John called me freaking out that he was friends with a world-famous singer.

After we both geeked out a little, we carried on with our days. I started thinking about how cool it would be if I were friends with someone famous, and then it struck me. I am!

Jesus Christ is the most famous person ever to exist, and He lives in us in the form of the Holy Spirit. Whether you believe Jesus is the Son of God or not, you have almost definitely heard of Him. 

He is more famous than The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Brad Pitt, and every world-renowned person combined. Name someone who is still talked about as if they are here with us today after 2000 plus years other than Jesus. It’s impossible! Everyone knows who Jesus is, even unbelievers! We can not say that about celebrities.

Why do we get so excited about people who sing songs or portray others on the big screen and television? Why is it they get more airtime and more admiration from most people than the Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit?

I would argue the devil and his spirits of darkness have distorted the truth and spread so many lies to distract us by using other people. We must stay focused on God and not allow the things of this world to distract us. Again, this is why Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 not to conform to the patterns of the world but be transformed by the renewing of our mind.

The world is enamored with power, money, and beauty, but God is infatuated with you being obedient and trusting Him! That way He can cultivate a perfect heart within you.

Solomon told us in Ecclesiastes 1:13-14, I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 1:13-14 is speaking about his search for happiness under the sun (in the world) and wisdom. First, Solomon believes intellect will make him happy. Therefore, he sets out to learn as much as he can, only to discover that an alphabet after his name and diplomas everywhere did not give him what he was seeking! Solomon concludes what he was doing was working on grasping something elusive as the wind.  However, I believe it fits here as well.

Some of us are so focused on things of this world such as money, notoriety, knowledge, popularity, being impressive, power, etc. But what do they REALLY mean? Nothing! All the things of this world will die and not fulfill you, just as Solomon discovered. Christ is the only thing that will fulfill you! With Christ, only do we get to live on for eternity. Jesus knew this too!

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal

(Matthew 6:19-20).

Jesus is telling you the things of this world will be destroyed! He is also saying there is NO security in material things! The only investments that cannot be stolen, rust, or destroyed are treasures in heaven.

I am not saying that famous people will be destroyed or that they are not good people or role models. Some of them are, and some are also very admirable. That does not mean, however, that we should worship them. Remember, God is a jealous God, and we are not to idolize anything (Exodus 34:14)!

It is easy to accidentally and unintentionally begin idolizing a celebrity or anything! Suddenly, you can find yourself wondering what he/she is doing or what he/she is like in person. Next thing you know, you want to emulate the celebrity in various avenues of your life. Perhaps you start dressing like the individual. Meanwhile, Jesus is just sitting there in the background, fading from your thoughts.

Here is the thing, while you are excited and geeking out like John, and I did when we learned Mike was a world-renowned singer, don’t forget about Christ! I know John didn’t. His most significant takeaway from that experience was (1) feeling blessed Jesus had connected him to this man, who he believes is hurting and is a bit lost, and (2) sometimes it’s easy to forget celebrities are normal people. John saw how real and touchable the “untouchable” are. John once wished he was famous and world-renowned like Mike, but when John noticed Mike didn’t have a strong connection with the Lord, he was not impressed by his lifestyle. John told me he’d rather have nothing and have a strong relationship with Christ than all the money or fame in the world!

Jesus is standing right beside you. The Holy Spirit is always with you. You are famous in the Godhead’s eyes, just like Francesca Battistelli says in her song, “He knows my name.” Mike did not know I existed, but God does. Jesus has a Book of Life and in it are all the names of those victorious in Christ (Revelations 3:5). Jesus has written our names as believers in that book. He knows us each individually.

It can be easy in the moment to find yourself focusing on someone in the world and not on the Father. Good people are doing great things in this world, whether using a talent like acting or singing. They may be helping our country or the world in politics. Possibly it is a co-worker or family member, maybe someone at church who you respect. All of that is amazing, and God uses people to reach us and help us grow in Him.

However, the devil uses people as well. The thief (devil) comes to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10). He will use whatever means he can to tear you down and pull you away from God.

I (Jesus) came to give us life and to have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

Next time you find yourself excited by someone in the public eye or someone you know, ask yourself if the reasons you are attracted to them are because of good and pure things or because of something worldly or negative. At that moment, you may find yourself where John and I did, praising God for being our best friend and comforter, no longer caring about some famous person in this world