Obscurity: The state of being unknown or inconspicuous. Can also mean anonymity, lack of fame/renown/honor/recognition.
Sounds like a scary word isn’t it? Doesn’t sound positive. definitely not a word we want associated with us.
We live in a world where being ‘unknown’ can be synonymous with being ‘unimportant’. Social media has opened doors to previously unbelievable levels of instant fame and popularity. Motivational speakers and coaches encourage us to ‘put ourselves out there’. Even when we are preached at, to ‘let our light shine’, we are hardly ever told that there’s a thin line between letting your light shine for the glory of the father and playing for the gallery.
Is it a sin to be famous? NO. After-all, God actually promised fame!
Genesis 12:2 (NLT)
“I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.”
God has no issues with fame. But he’s concerned about your motives and the process of getting famous. Read the above verse again; You’re made famous SO THAT YOU CAN BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS.
Why are we so scared of being obscure? maybe because our celebrity culture and media obsession with famous people has taught us that if nobody is talking about us or sharing our pictures or just known by lots of people, we might not be successful.
And then i found this statement that Apostle Paul said:
Colossians 3:3-4 (MSG)
3-4 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.
Did you see the underlined part? He said to be content with Obscurity; like Jesus! And then it got me thinking..
“Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.
2-4 “When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—‘playactors’ I call them—treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.”