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Fame

In fame, identity, inspirational, Uncategorized on September 30, 2013 at 3:00 am

It’s okay for a Christian to be famous. The Holy Spirt doesn’t set the boundaries of fame but starts those boundaries. You must steward those boundaries as they expand. The boundaries of fame are entrusted to you. Fame is worship to God or mankind.

In the words of David Bowie:

Fame, it’s not your brain, it’s just the flame
That burns your change to keep you insane

The Holy Spirit gives you a head-start by giving you a wide audience. This is reward for years of work. Your diligence pays off. But it’s up to you to either advance fame or deface it. This is your choice. In order to attain a “fame” status, an artist must have expressed oneself through a creation, such as a painting, sculpture, dance, etc. You may have recorded an awesome YouTube vid. An investment from mind to matter is always deliberate. Creating takes intention. It takes time and energy to create. Art means the artist invited fame into their life. That invitation initiates fame. And what you’ve created may provide you name recognition. But a pure heart passes the recognition up to the Creative Father. So whenever you create something you take the risk to live side-by-side with fame.

After the Holy Spirit opens the floodgates to fame, some artists instinctively kill it. Almost as if they’re behind a door waiting for it to enter so they can ambush it. You’ve heard the parable of the talents. You can read it on your own starting in Matthew 25:14-30. Matthew 25:29 states, “For anyone who has will be given more, and [they] will have an abundance.”

My point is that some “humble” artists bury their talent among other Christians. They use believers as a garden. Such artists plant themselves like a seed among a familiar audience and never water themselves to see how far they can grow outside of what they can see. The growth would be considered the expansion of fame throughout all the earth.

A seed grows with water. Revivartists may call for the Holy Spirit to rain down. But while it’s pouring, these artists cover who they truly are. And they protect the part of themselves that would allows fame nourishment. Rainwater only supplements the area it lands on. In other words, “false humility” is an intentional denial of fame. You’ve been given the strength and freedom to drag your land (your fame) underneath the spots where it’s raining. Again, Matthew 25:29 states, “For anyone who has will be given more, and [they] will have an abundance.”

Fame is a natural step in the process of advancing the kingdom. And fame has no boundaries. After the Holy Spirit sets you up with fame, then you should be willing to honor the fame deposited to you and master it throughout your lifetime.

There are 3 reasons why you may not obtain fame:

1. SCARED OF FAME – You may worry about being lured into a life of drugs, sex, etc. Fame doesn’t pull people into those areas. People pull people into those areas. If your identity isn’t established in the freedom of Christ then you’ll be swayed to “try” things. Fear lies to hearts. With much fame comes more responsibility as well as more vulnerability. You can tackle this. Still, fame is a stop sign for many worriers and not warriors.

2. “FAME IS UNSATISFYING” – You may have reached a famous status. And you may have said, “This life isn’t for me. It’s unsatisfying.” Who are you to stop a good thing? Your success isn’t because you’re chasing fame but because you’re doing what you were created to do. And people like what you do. If millions of people like what you do, it means you’re meeting their needs. Better for your kingdom-inspired art to meet their needs than a lie/substitute/imitation. As soon as you deny fame, then it will deny you. If you’re willing to fully express your identity on earth, then you must be willing to take yourself to the ends of the earth. Fame is unsatisfying if you’re focused on it. But if you’re focused on the Great Commission, then your satisfaction will come from advancing the kingdom! And yes, like Jesus, you will grow in favor with God and people.

3. FAME IS BAD – Returning fame to God isn’t an offering. Giving up fame isn’t the burnt sacrifice He wants from you. Fame should increase as you move from glory to glory. The “humble” artist may say, “The Holy Spirit is my advertiser, promoter, manager, and He’ll speak to the hearts that need my art.” And such an artist doesn’t promote themselves among people. Although this holds some truth, you should fully honor His initial introduction of you to the masses. Know that “honoring” isn’t the same as “pursuing”. You embrace God’s grace when honoring the fame you’ve been given. Pursuing fame means abusing your gift. It means offering your talent in exchange for other benefits.  The words from Matthew 25, “given more,” is a natural law for God. He will give more. More from Matthew 25, “[They] will have an abundance,” is a promise. No artist can stop God from giving a promise or keeping His word. However, every receiver has the right to abandon the abundance. In this case, it’s fame. This return would be an act of self-fame sabotage.

Fame provides a platform for exposure. Lots of people will accept you and who you represent. Yet, just as many will despise who you are and who you represent and re-present. Overall, it’s okay to be famous.

[i was inspired to write this during Pre-Service Prayer on Sunday, Sept. 29th at Bethel Church in Redding, CA]

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