Besides Jesus Himself, the most famous person in the Bible would be Solomon. He was known as the greatest and wisest king to ever live. Everyone adorned his divinity. After he had lived a long life of absolute luxury and fame, he concluded that it was all meaningless at the very beginning of Ecclesiastes:
Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever…I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
So many people’s main desires are to make themselves feel good and LOOK good to other people. Solomon essentially had the world at his fingertips and it truly meant nothing. Why is it then that so many of us (Christians) desire so much to fit in with the world? We are more worried about the number of likes, follows, texts, retweets, etc that we receive rather than the number of people we choose to show God’s love to. We all too often are part of the pour up, turn up, hook up, and fade out crowds to fit in with society and be “cool.” When we aren’t trying to fit in society, we will put on our church hats and do this and that “for the Lord” when it is really to make ourselves feel good often times. It’s a way of making our guilt go away. It’s about time that we started seeking HEAVENLY fame over EARTHLY fame.
First I want to address how you may seem lonely by choosing to not follow the crowds of the world and their ways. It can definitely seem that way, but that is why you must associate with three things. The most important would be understanding that the presence of the Living God is always with you: you are never alone. The second would be your family! The third would be close friends you trust that don’t lead you astray and the church you go to.
Now let’s look at how we should approach a desire for fame. Jesus talked about this extensively:
Matthew 6:2-4 So when you give to the needy, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be praised by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their reward. 3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.…
Matthew 6:19-20 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Here the Lord is explaining two things about making ourselves feel good and look good. When we are completely consumed with storing up earthly possessions, popularity, and success, it’s the wrong way to approach life because these things are only temporary. When we do something that shows good moral values, take for example making a donation to a charity or helping someone change a tire, if we literally go around and just tell the whole world what we did, then the good deed we did becomes meaningless for our part. Like Jesus said, your reward for good deeds you brag about is the satisfaction of people telling you how you’re such a good person as opposed to doing things mostly anonymously and having the Lord look upon you with joy and the heavens rejoicing.
Here is what the Lord says about trying to fit in with the world:
2 Corinthians 6:17 Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.
This means don’t engage with people in the gossip. Don’t listen to the world’s music or adore their celebrities. Don’t associate with people that lead you astray. Go to church rather than a drug abusing, drunken party. Get rid of the desires you have to impress everyone.
I can tell you one thing is for certain: I don’t want to be “cool” or popular to this world anymore like I did at one point. I simply seek to fulfill what the Lord wants me to fulfill and abide by His Law to the best of my ability. The world hates my Lord, and if they don’t hate me then I need to do some soul searching. Fix your eyes and desire towards heaven and what the Lord and all of the heavenly host will say of what you have made of your life on earth rather than only accumulating wealth and favor with man.