2 Kings 1:7-8 7 The king asked them, “What sort of man came up to meet you and spoke those words to you? ” 8 They replied, “A hairy man with a leather belt around his waist.” He said, “It’s Elijah the Tishbite.”
Who’s that hairy guy with the leather belt? Elijah, of course. Certainly there aren’t any other hairy guys with leather belts on the earth. Or was Elijah just that well-known? He was THE hairy guy with the leather belt. It reminds me a little of the Tebowing phenomenon. Tebowing has become famous now – it’s when you go down on one knee after a victory or touchdown. When asked about it, Tebow said that he doesn’t think he is the first athlete to have taken a knee. Yet somehow he immortalized the gesture.
In the same way, Elijah wasn’t the only hairy guy with a leather belt. But the king knew exactly who they were talking about. Like Tebow, Elijah’s fame came from living for the Lord. He wasn’t famous for his hairy body, his belt, or his throwing arm (oh wait, that’s Tebow). They knew him by the words he spoke and by the life he lived. They knew that the Lord was with him and spoke through him. In fact, what we see printed on the pages of the Bible isn’t his personality or his personal achievements; we see his work for the Lord.
That’s how I want to be known. I want to be known by what the Lord is doing in my life. If the Lord chooses to make me known to many, I want my fame to be HIS glory. Nothing else matters. What would happen if my life made HIM more famous? What would happen if your life did the same?