I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a native green tree. Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.
And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing.
The phrase 'Fifteen Minutes of Fame' describes the shooting stars of media. Flashing faces are here today and gone tomorrow. Reality TV is the enemy's rapid-fire weapon: a cannon shooting thousands of instant celebrities into a dark sky. They land on our screens at home. We enjoy the fireworks display.
The definition of 'shooting star' is 'a meteor that makes a line of light as it falls through the sky' (MacMillan Dictionary). But that line of light quickly disappears. Basically, it's a piece of rock burning up as it approaches its target: Earth. It's pretty, interesting, or scary for a moment, and then it's cold and dead.
'Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow' (Psalm 144:4). 'All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall' (1 Peter 1:24).
But a handful of stars have lifetime careers. What about them? 'Money and fame made me believe I was entitled. I was wrong and foolish' (Tiger Woods). 'Fame makes you feel permanently like a girl walking past construction workers' (Brad Pitt). 'Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate' (Emily Dickinson).
Plus, if a thousand years on earth is like one day in Heaven (see 2 Peter 3:8), even a lifetime of fame is only 4.17 hours to God*. That's one long movie, and not necessarily a good one.
His performers are meant for more. 'For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God' (1 Peter 1:23).
But there's a challenge: Because fame is the #1 goal of American children and media our #1 export, God's performers have grown up among idols. Desiring those fifteen minutes of fame is a temptation for any rising star--including actors, models, and talent for Christ.
To Be Continued...
*Calculation: There are 525,600 minutes in a year. For a 40-year entertainment career, that's 21,024,000 minutes of fame. If one day is Heaven is like 1000 years on earth, that equals 5,256,000,000 minutes. Therefore, a 40-year lifetime of fame on earth = 4.166... hours in God's time.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fifteen Minutes Of Fame series.