Cedric Fisher |March 22, 2022
We’re all aware that people will do about anything today to get attention. It is sign language that shouts from the soul, “Look at me!” It is not a novel obsession in the human race. Individuals that do not have an amazing talent or attractive features will employ stunts, outlandish behavior, and even bizarre disfigurement, to get noticed. Individuals with a deeply negative past seem to be the most focused on being acknowledged and accepted.
On the surface, it appears that the famous ones are happy and fulfilled. They are accepted by millions of people, even presidents, the Queen of England, the Pope, and other approving luminaries. Understandably, to someone feeling rejected and worthless, popularity appears to make one feel amazing inside. Attention equates with acceptance and acceptance is believed to solve all of one’s problems.
The glitch is that many popular people discover it takes increasing more attention, and other means, to continue feeling special. No matter the degree of fame, it doesn’t usually change our internal being for the better. Popularity is not a cure—it’s a temporary Band-Aid. The effect it has on our inner tempest does not usually last. It certainly cannot permanently clear out relentless feelings of being rejected, abandoned, or insignificant. The torment can become greater than the desire to live.
Psychologists claim that most comedians had troubled childhoods or are convinced they were misunderstood. Statistics show that most stand-up comics are likely to die young and from unnatural causes. Additionally, 39% of the most popular ones are most likely to have shorter lifespans. A significant number of actors, singers and musicians, and other ones in the limelight do not fare much better.
The statistics indicate that no matter how many people respond to our “Look at me,” it is not a cure for all the dangerous issues inside of us. I say “dangerous” because suicide is a significant cause of death. The current rate of suicide is 13.5 suicides per 100,000 people. However, according to one report, 25.5 percent of people aged between 18 and 24 have seriously contemplated suicide. Suicide is the second highest cause of death among college students. The reality is that most people in the world care more for themselves than anyone else. Most relationships are built on the philosophy of, “What can you do for me?”
Contrast that with the Kingdom of God. The path to God begins when we realize there is someone that cares for us and has proven it beyond any doubt. The central focus of God’s Kingdom is Jesus Christ, the Savior. Is it mere coincidence that Christ suffered the most brutal, the most ignominious way to die? The brutal death of a sinless Savior was/is a stark contrast to the me-ism of the World System. The amazing price that He willingly paid was to deliver us from Satan, and ourselves. Most of us who came broken and needy to bow before God needed much deliverance from ourselves—our “body of death.”
Is it becoming clear what Christ meant by, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Without Him, we will die in our sins. Believe in Him and we will be spiritually transformed, re-born of the Holy Spirit, become new creations.
In the same verse, He contrasted His mission with Satan’s objective.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.”
“Thief” is not a direct reference to Satan. It is a reference to his minions, including heretics and hirelings that pose as “ministers of righteousness.” Consider the context:
Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.”
His truth informs us that becoming a little god by fame and wealth has a major deficit. It will not solve one’s inner struggle to find self-worth and a lasting purpose in living. We will not escape the suffocating sense that we are just another genetic blob passing through life. Our sense of self-worth is in our minds. Our materialism is temporal. We do not know when we may die, and it will all go to someone else. Then what?
Christ was raised on a cross of wood, raised from the dead, and lifted high by God so that He could say with no motive except to reveal to us the great price being paid for our lives, “Look at Me!” That price, when accepted, eliminates the driving desire to be seen or accepted by people to feel worthy. It challenges us to respond to the One whose sinless death resounding the message through centuries—“Look at Me! I Love you! I’m doing this for you!”
Everyone that comes to Him with his or her heart opened for His love is accepted. They are no longer insignificant. Something is only worth what people will pay for it. Truly redeemed individuals are of incalculable value. They will do something greater than achieving fame. He or she will live unselfishly in a selfish world.
People spend their time and energy on frivolous pursuits, struggling and striving for attention, believing that wealth will calm their vacuous souls. We can forgive the peacock, whose motives are purer. But we must question why we should bother to flaunt our case to be accepted in this realm where thieves and moths, and everything between, can take it all away. The one who realizes that it is not all about her or him can escape that din of humankind’s clawing and pushing for attention.
The greatest achievement will be to yield to the magnetism of the spectacle on the hill of Golgotha in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago. One man, like no other man before or after Him, sinless and perfect, fulfilled God’s Law for a perfect sacrifice. It washes sin and its stain away. Look at Him!
Now He sits on His throne beside God the Father waiting for the moment to revisit the earth. On the Day that He appears, again the irresistible urge, in fact the undeniable compulsion, will be, “Look at Him!”
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” — Revelation 1;7
- Ben Pobjie, Standup comics are more likely to die young. As a standup comic, I’m not surprised, Th e Guardian, July 2016 ↑
- Nicola Davis, No laughing matter as researchers show that stand-ups die young, The Guardian, July 2016 ↑
- Suicide in the United States, Wikipedia ↑
- Romans 7:24 ↑
- John 10:10 ↑
- ibid ↑
- 2 Corinthians 11:15 ↑
- John 10:7-12 ↑