When I was younger, I used to really want to be either an actress or a singer. This, of course, led to my pondering the celebrity lifestyle.
One aspect of this lifestyle that I still think about to this day is the idea of celebrity spokespeople. If I were a celebrity, who would want me as a spokesperson? I’ve narrowed it down to the top two companies/institutions:
1.) A certain maker of technology: I absolutely love almost every product that this producer creates. I’m constantly talking about the benefits of this company’s products over other companies’ because I really feel that they’re better and I appreciate them.
2.) The Chronicles of Narnia movies: I once knew way, way too much about the movie “Prince Caspian.” I was watching the movie with some of my friends and at one point, one of them paused the movie, pointed emphatically at one of the extras on the screen, and yelled, “Marissa! Who is that?! Where are they from?!” because I knew so much about the random details of the rest of the movie that he figured I’d know that particular detail.
Conversely, the following two would likely not want me as a spokesperson:
1.) Any type of cynical or pessimistic group: I’m generally very happy and optimistic, so this wouldn’t go over very well.
2.) Horrormovies.com : I got scared just Googling an organization dedicated to horror movies. There’s probably a more intense one out there, but I was extremely uncomfortable with the very idea of scrolling further down the page. I really, really dislike horror movies. A lot.
As much as I love the first two things, there is a greater Love in my life- the One who has shown me the greatest love I have ever known. Would He want me as a spokesperson- as someone bearing His name before the world? That’s basically what I do as a Christian.
I ought to clarify here how I am defining “spokesperson”- as someone who receives instruction and guidance from a company, then goes on to represent and be associated with that company. The spokesperson isn’t the one who generates the truths about the company; they only learn about and then communicate them. In my little metaphor, Christians are the “spokespeople” and God is “the company.”
Ephesians 5:1-2 calls us to “be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
This tells us two things about ourselves:
~ God wants us to be like Him (we are created in His image, after all)
~ we are God’s dearly loved children
(This is not in any way meant to limit interpretations of this text; I just wanted to point out two things that stood out to me in this context.)
“Every Christian is to become a little Christ,” C.S. Lewis writes in Mere Christianity. “The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else.”
This can be kind of intimidating. We’ve heard the stories of stars losing their positions as celebrity spokespeople because they did something illegal… they went against the law. How many times a day do we go against God’s law? But He still doesn’t change. He still tells us that we are precious to Him, that we are HIS dearly loved children. And it’s perhaps because of this that He calls us to imitate Him.
One of my most favorite verses speaks about this challenge. Philippians 3:12-14 says:
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
So let’s just do it… taste the rainbow… raise the bar… is it in you?
But most of all, let’s press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of us, and let’s sing His praises with our lives.
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