Fame -- we live in a world with an insatiable desire to be famous. We have our own YouTube channels, blogs, facebook accounts, and twitter feeds, all with the hope that someone will read them and think we are above average. We read pop culture magazines, watch behind-the-scenes movie coverage, and love inside tips from Hollywood. We long to be accepted by the “in” crowd, whatever that crowd may be, and we fashion our lives after the famous, never knowing if their fame brought them happiness.
My brother is endeavoring in the film industry; though he is young, he has learned a lot! I have had the pleasure of helping him in any way I can and have enjoyed the very small spotlight received on set, at an after-party, or a red carpet event. Such events can easily play to our vanity. As we puff our feathers a little fuller, we fall into the lie of immortality. We start to believe that we are “someone” -- hoping that others will look on in envy and want to be us for a moment.
These mindsets can jeopardize relationships and place us in situations of embarrassment. Luke talks of being asked to sit at the head of the table, rather than assuming a position of importance.
"But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Think about Christ, the King of the Universe. The Creator of everything left the riches of heaven to become a baby and walk here on earth as a simple nobody. His message was not popular with the rich and famous, His friends and family were poor and lowly, He was virtually homeless! And still He humbled Himself for us!
"And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
As we walk our “red carpets” of life -- be it at church, the workplace, school, cyberspace, or even at home -- let us remember our Savior. No, humility is not glamorous, but it will bring everlasting reward and true happiness. If you’re searching to be someone, look to the One who willingly was a nobody to be everything for everyone!