We find ourselves in the TV season of building and raising celebrities in the lead up to Christmas. X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice; all are in the business of making people famous.
5 years ago, half of all teenagers were not sure what they wanted to do - they just wanted to be famous and more than a fifth planned to do this through reality TV. Thankfully this is a trend that is changing but it highlights two questions “What do we seek fame for?” and “How does this shape the life we lead?”. These questions are being examined in the Morning Gathering as we explore 'Life on Purpose' in Ephesians and in the 18:30 Service looking at Philippians and 'What Matters Most'.
As we seek to be Sharing Life, Loving Leeds - our goal is to be making Jesus famous. As I write around 50 guests are on our Alpha course, exploring questions of life and faith including whether Jesus stands up to being famous. Please be praying for them as they do this.
Leading into Christmas, how are we living to make Jesus famous. It might be as simple as inviting someone to the Winter Market helping them get over the threshold of the church door which might just make an invite to Contemporary Carols (or one of our other Christmas services) that bit easier.
Or… as we are "created in Christ Jesus”, through his fame and renown, there will be simple good works for us to do. Serving and witnessing in his name to the difference he has made in each of our lives and the purpose, worth and value that can be found in Him.