On Fame & Man

“I wish everyone could get rich and famous and everything they ever dreamed of so that they will know that’s not the answer.” – Jim Carey.

Consider these words closely from the world’s accomplished celebrity. Here is a man by world’s definition, who, as it were, “has it all!”  Money. Fame. Influence, etc., But he lacks one thing—the answer.

A lusting over fame is a lusting over Satan. Fame has seduced the mind that it is the answer to man’s problem. That if men may “know who I am” then, I shall have the divers seat amongst the top table. Now, I approach this negatively as to those who make their chief end—a lusting over fame. We know one can be famous because of their God-given abilities and talent (though not all, or a must). And one can be famous yet not fame-proud.

Consider, then, you who would lust over fame as a means to fill the delusion of your heart. It cannot. Indeed, “it’s not the answer.” The applause of men is mutable. It changes overnight. And some, truth be told, do not cheer you because they love you. But because they cannot be where you are. You see then how subterfuge this is. You’re persuaded that they love you. And even if they do truly (which I doubt, really), what profit is there with the cheers?

When men shall discover the narrowness of applause, behold, they shall venture not to lust over fame but seek that which will—indeed—make them happy eternally. Be content in your frame. Work your hands (Col. 3:23). Behold Christ Jesus, for, in Him alone, are you fully known, yea, behold the Creator of the universe—He knows you by name in His Son.

“Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breathe, for of what account is he?” (Isa. 2:22). And as put in another place by the Apostle, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Gal. 1:10).

3 thoughts on “On Fame & Man

  1. David Bowie and John Lennon wrote—
    Fame makes a man take things over
    Fame lets him loose, hard to swallow
    Fame puts you there where things are hollow (fame)
    Fame, it’s not your brain, it’s just the flame
    That burns your change to keep you insane (fame)

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  2. King Solomon is more than qualified to speak on the subject of fame. These thoughts are recorded in Ecclesiastes. The beginning of this book, “vanities of vanities,” sums up Solomon’s realization of fame. The end of the book, “Fear God and keep His commandments…” offered his parting words of wisdom as a conclusion. Fame is an advanced disease of what most people are infected by – social comparison.

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