Make Jesus Famous?

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There are a few sayings in christianese (the language Christians speak) that grate at me. One of those is the saying “Make Jesus Famous.” It may just be a me thing. Some times God allows me to be frustrated with something because He is after something in me. It seems that many people in the Christian world are tagging photos of things they are proud of in ministry with the hash tag #makingjesusfamous Here’s the problem. I can’t see their heart but God can. So I’m not sure if they are actually doing what the bible would consider fame worthy.

Why does “Making Jesus Famous” rub me the wrong way? Because we have a perverted view of fame. Often times what that statement means is a desire to be be famous so we can bring Jesus along for the ride. We want fame more than we want Jesus. We actually use Jesus to get what we really want and that’s fame. We have this desire to be famous that we allow to go unchecked because we shellac it with good intentions. What we don’t realize is a desire for fame is a cancer for our soul. It’s anti biblical. Jesus came to serve not to be served. The gospel tells me the way up is down. I have no problem with anyone making Jesus famous by living a life that makes famous people scratch their collective heads.

We mistake the power of Gospel with the power of an infomercial. We want our churches to be bigger fuller and more amazing for the low low price of 9.99. It doesn’t work that way. I know Christians who are praying for Miley Cyrus not that God would have mercy on her lost soul, but they pray for her because they believe she is so famous that the byproduct of her salvation will result in Jesus will get a bigger platform. While this is true in a sense it is very dangerous because we start to quantify our influence in a way the Bible doesn’t. The church has bought into what culture tells us fame is. We run hyped out events that in the end point back to us rather than draw people to make Christ their treasure. When you understand that we serve a God who is far bigger than anything we can conceive a God is in control of everything, we are free to love, serve and lay our lives down for the sake of His name not ours.

Philippians 2 says it this way. –

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Everyone who knew Jesus didn’t live a famous life but all of them died famous deaths. You want to make Jesus famous do more things that you don’t hash tag.

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Make Jesus Famous?

  1. Thank you, Pastor Sam, for an excellent post. I am bewildered by how common it has become for Christian leaders to focus on fame (theirs or Christ’s). The gospel is simple and God does not need our efforts to bedazzle it. He has shown us what is good – to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly. Love God, love others- that is how simple it should be to be a Christian.

  2. A church in our area (The entire church) uses that as their slogan. T-shirts, car tags, signage, website… “Making Jesus Famous”. I’m with you. It rubs me the wrong way. He is everything. He does not need us to “help Him”.

  3. Great post Sam. I love that I get the opportunity to preach the most amazing message ever written. How do I make Jesus, the most influential, talked about person on our planet famous? I think He has got that down. The way I look at is is simple. I have the opportunity when I speak now to say, God help me to be in tune with what you are already doing in peoples hearts. If I can speak from that place of trusting that it’s not up to me but I get to partner with God to see Him redeem, restore, transform lives, for me that is the most amazing thing that I can be apart of.

    #Jesusisfamous

    • Thanks Rob. He is I get what people are saying when they say make him famous, but I don’t like the phrase because we have a problem with fame in North America. We make far to many things about us. I see the make Jesus Famous movement as just that. God being glorified is simply collateral damage created from me being exulted. I want to live for God’s Glory that is what I want. He must increase I must decrease said the man who lost his head speaking about the biblical view of marriage, but that’s a post for another day.

  4. I stumbled upon your blog when I googled “where did make jesus famous come from.” I feel the same way as you, that phrase rubs me the wrong way, but I couldn’t really put into words why it does. After reading your post I have a little more clarity as to why it sounds offensive. When I hear the word “famous” I think of those celebrities in the world today who are, quite frankly, wicked people. Miley Cyrus is a good example, Kim Kardashian is another. To make him “famous” would actually be taking away His glory. He is not a celebrity. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! People that say this don’t understand the holiness of our God. He shares his glory with no one.

    • Megan thanks for you comment. Like many things the nuances make all the difference. Living for God’s fame comes from a different place and ends in a different place than living to make Jesus famous. Maybe it’s semantics but I don’t think so.