She was a nobody. Outside of her small circle of friends, the world didn’t even know she existed. As a music lover, she would sing songs in her room late into the night. She dreamed of becoming a famous singer. But as it was, Nashville didn’t even know she existed.
Then one day, everything changed.
She decided to post a few of her videos on Youtube. Little did she know what would happen next. She knew her voice was pretty good…but she had no idea how much talent she truly possessed.
Within 24 hours her videos went viral.
After 10 million views, she got a call from a major record label. Her dreams were coming true right before her eyes.
Fast forward 12 months. She’s now a superstar. Her name is known by virtually everyone. Dressed in skin tight, sexy outfits, she’s now performing her music on some of the biggest stages in the country.
It’s the secret wish of millions.
A Cinderella story like this one are what many modern girls dream about everyday. “Maybe my blog post will go viral.” “Maybe my videos will get me noticed.” “Maybe I’ll finally become someone!”
Just think of modern music videos. Live concerts. Awards events. Rating charts.
Becoming famous is something our modern society upholds as the “ultimate dream life.” Having a massive following, millions of swooning fans, and public notoriety is what our culture portrays as true success.
Being famous and being hot are truly the idols that our modern society worships today.
However, just because our culture portrays fame, followers, fans, and hot bodies as the “ultimate” life… we need to put the brakes on for just a minute.
As Christian girls and women, we need to remind ourselves of what truly matters in this life.
We need to remember what truly matters to Jesus. We need to remind ourselves of our bigger purpose on this earth. We need to remember our true mission.
Mark 8:36 says, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
As Christian women, our hearts’ desires shouldn’t be driven by the idea of becoming famous and hot…but by something very, very different.
Becoming famous, looking hot, gaining popularity, receiving “likes”, building our platform…none of that will matter in the end. What will matter is the life we lived for Christ.
Instead of chasing after our culture’s ideas of fame and physical allure..we need to chase after God’s heart.
Check this out.
Instead of becoming “famous or hot,” here’s what God wants us to pursue.
Our Culture Says: Be Famous
God Says: Be Faithful
Instead of being famous in this world’s eyes, we need to be faithful in God’s eyes. According to God’s Word, our goal in this Christian life shouldn’t be about popularity and fame, but about being faithful to Christ.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
God doesn’t care how many “likes” you have and how popular your Youtube videos are, He is looking for the faithful few who will humbly serve Him for His glory. As Christians, we need to remember that we are working for God’s glory. We need to work hard for His glory alone. We need to serve faithfully for an audience of One.
Our Culture Says: Be Hot
God Says: Be Holy
Being a girl in today’s society can be really hard. Almost everything on social media, in the movies, and on the magazines is telling us to be hot. To be sexy. To be seductive. Our culture encourages us to dress in a way that showcases our intimate body parts for everyone to see.
However, this type of thinking is completely contrary to God’s Word. Being hot shouldn’t be our goal. Instead, we should be holy.
As God’s children, we are called to be holy (set apart) in this world.
Instead of pridefully strutting our stuff around, God wants us to live in a humble manner.
“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:14-16).
Our bodies, actions, and online pictures should reflect a heart of humility and modesty.
Holiness and purity should be our constant pursuit.
God’s ways are polar opposite to our culture’s ways.
As Christian women, we need to be diligent to make sure we’re listening to the voice of our Savior and obeying His call for our lives rather than falling prey to society’s norms.
God is looking for a generation of modern women who will be faithful and holy.
Who will care more about honoring Him than receiving worldly applause. Who will boldly and humbly serve Him, all for God’s glory alone.
To learn more about how to live this out in your everyday life, I highly encourage you to attend the upcoming Girl Defined Conference this July (in San Antonio, TX)! The theme for this year is: Radical Purity: Embracing God’s Best in the Midst of a Highly Seductive Culture. Click HERE for more details.
I’d love to hear from you below!
- In what ways are you tempted to pursue fame instead of faithfulness?
- In what ways do you feel tempted to be hot instead of holy?