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. –
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 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.