What is a celebrity? According to www.vocabulary.com a celebrity is a very famous person. It’s interesting then to note that I have no idea who many so-called celebrities are, so you clearly don’t have to be ‘very’ famous. There are so many celebrity programmes on TV these days; I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Celebrity Bake Off, Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing On Ice. Then we have programmes for those who desire to be celebrities such as TOWIE, Made in Chelsea, Real Housewives of wherever, Love Island, or any programmes like them. You can even become a celebrity by being good at answering quiz questions, or being a good gardener or DIY fanatic.

 

It’s not true of all celebrities, but it does seem that many aspiring celebrities, the wannabees, share the hope contained in a Stone Roses song from the 80s, ‘I Wanna Be Adored’.

 

It’s an age old refrain that has been repeated often throughout history, and we buy into it. Muhammad Ali famously said of himself, ‘I am the greatest’, no lack of self love there. Would he have been so popular if he had said, ‘I’m ok but there are better boxers than me’. I know his self promotion was part of an act but he struck a chord in many hearts. We want to be the greatest, simply the best, adored, we want to achieve celebrity status.

 

This self promotion goes back to beyond time when one of God’s guardian angels became proud. You can read about him in the book of Ezekiel. He was an amazing creation. It says of him, “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you.” (1)

 

It goes on to say, “You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned.” (2) This guardian angel, or cherub, has a name that we know well. His name is Satan, an angel who was proud, who wanted to be greater then God himself, and who is still active today trying to destroy God’s world and God’s plans. He cannot win, in fact he’s already defeated, but he keeps trying and is completely destructive by nature.

 

Compare him to Jesus, God’s Son and God’s co-equal. He had that place that Satan longed for but his heart is so different. There is no pride in him, no sin, no evil. Let’s read what the Bible says about 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!” (3)

 

Whereas Satan wanted to go higher, Jesus came lower. He had all the riches of heaven but he chose to live in poverty. He could have lived in a palace but he lived in the home of a humble carpenter. He could have demanded obedience but he came to serve. Psalm 22 describes his suffering on the cross when he died, being punished for our sins. It has him there saying, “I am a worm, and not a man” (4)

 

He didn’t ‘wanna be adored’. He had that in heaven, but to save us from the eternal consequences of our sin he made himself to be nothing, a worm and not a man.

 

Don’t look to celebrities and seek to emulate them. Look to Jesus who loves you and died for you. Live for him, live like him.

 

Bible References:

  • Ezekiel 28:12-14
  • Ezekiel 28:15-16
  • Philippians 2:6-8
  • Psalm 22:6