America’s Got Talent
The Big Break
Food Network Star
These are just a few of the current reality TV shows that are either on or just wrapped up. I will be honest some of these I watch, some I do not. Regardless of what the content or premise of the show is, there is one major consistency that runs through these and every other reality TV show out there:
The desire to be known.
The need to be somebody.
This is nothing new. It’s not like the switch got flipped in the early 2000s with reality TV and all of this started. It’s been going on way longer than that. Television has just changed the mode thru which people can become known or somebody in society. While not everyone is longing to be somebody, there is a definite need in humanity to be noticed. In fact, I highly doubt that the money, the victory, the prizes, the love (cough cough) is the point. It may be nice but I think it’s greater than that. I think its about being recognized, being known, making a mark in the world.
The human condition is to know and to be known. The problem with this is that in the pursuit to become somebody in the world, we become ensnared, trapped. While we think there will be freedom found in being somebody, we actually become enslaved to the constant need to be known by others. It takes us to a place where we need to seek out new titles, positions, fame, recognition, etc… In essence the world is dying to be somebody.
Psalm 115:1 states it very clearly, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness (emphasis added).” When we can really grasp and understand this verse for our life (and not just sing the Chris Tomlin song), and we can continually come back to the Gospel we will discover the freedom in being a nobody. This does not mean that we don’t have position or power or influence, but we understand that all we have, all we are, comes solely from God alone.
Tchividjian writes, “the gospel makes me disappear. The gospel obliterates me, in a sense. Suddenly life is no longer about my little world and my standards and rules and goals and preferences. It’s no longer about me and what I want. It’s no longer about my strengths and achievements and attainments. The gospel erases us, in that sense, which is why we avoid it. But that erasing of self is the key to our freedom,” (Tchividjian, Jesus + Nothing = Everything).
It’s time to see that it’s about becoming a nobody in the world and in the church. Focus on being known by God and God alone. When we stop trying to be somebody and become a nobody only concern by being known by God, it frees us from the trap of trying to be somebody. If we really want to be used by God, you and I have to see that it’s about being a nobody in a world dying to be somebody.