Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
The Challenge Of Fame
Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem... He did right in the sight of the Lord... Hence his fame spread afar, for he was marvelously helped until he was strong. But when he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the Lord his God.
2 Chronicles 26:3-4,15-16 (NAS)
King Uzziah's story sounds a lot like stories of some the wandering young stars in Hollywood: talented children who began their fame-reign with a heart for God--but lost it along the way.
Like them, the young King was crowned early and began well. As God would have it, he was 'marvelously helped' in his youth.
But along with growing fame came growing pride. When Uzziah looked in the mirror, he only saw himself: his strength, his power, his accomplishments. His pride was so big he could no longer see God.
John the Baptist was famous, too. Yet, he knew he was just the opening act for Jesus; 'He must increase, but I must decrease' (John 3:30). Aren't all of God's performers just openers and stand-in's?
How do we avoid the pitfall of pride? Repeat after Paul; 'But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory' (2 Corinthians 3:18).
At its best, fame is a reflection of God. 'The glory of the Lord has risen upon you' (Isaiah 60:1). We have done nothing to deserve it, but God has a purpose for it.
Consider athletes, inventors, presidents, models and stars with exceptional talent and initiative. All are gifts from God. If Jesus says, 'I can of My Own Self do nothing' (John 5:30), who are we?
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights' (James 1:17).
Entertainers win the challenge of fame with humility. Therefore, be an example to co-stars, friends, and fans. Acknowledge the Giver. Give the glory to it's rightful Owner.