“How many followers do you have?”
It’s a common question asked by this generation. And it’s not only on social media that people want followers. In practically every sphere of life, people inherently seek approval. Which can lead to the need for fame. Prominence. Celebrity.
Followers of Jesus are set apart. In but not of the world (John 17:14). Instead of wanting followers, we should most desire to follow Jesus.
Because a true follower of Jesus only wants fame for his name.
Jesus is the hero of our story. We live for his glory alone. Anything we accomplish - achievements, awards, accolades - we should rightly attribute to Jesus. Not ourselves.
We are to boast only in the Lord (Jer. 9:23-24).
Nazi concentration camp survivor and noted author and speaker Corrie ten Boom illustrates this concept beautifully. Whenever she was complimented, she would imagine it was a rose. She’d smell it for a moment, then give it to God.
She knew that every talent and gift comes from God. They are to be used for his glory alone.
Which is why we want fame - only and always - for his name.