The problem of fame

One of the most important values propogated by the media today is fame or self glorification. This is the complete opposite of what the Bible teaches. Jesus says “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Matthew‬ ‭23:12‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬)

In Acts we read of Paul’s conversion. An important roleplayer in that account is Ananias. God gives him the “dangerous” job of praying for the man who has been persecuting the church fervently. Ananias decides to trust God despite his own misgivings and so become part of commissioning one of the most influential evangelists in history.

Interestingly, we don’t hear much of Ananias again. You wonder what might have happened if Ananias lived today. Would someone have published the memoirs of Ananias? Or perhaps produced a film of his life and highlighted his “significant” contribution to launching an influential man into his career?

A society built on Scriptural principles don’t look like that. This account illustrates the image Paul later uses to describe the church so well. “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. … Now if the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honourable we treat with special honour. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honour to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:12, 15-27‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬)

Not everyone could be a Paul. Someone had to be an Ananias, a person who listened to God and faithfully carried out God’s desires in order to release someone else to fulfil God’s calling for her or his life in God’s Kingdom for the glory of God and the expansion of His Kingdom.

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