This morning I read an article written by Matt Smethurst. The article was titled DO YOU STILL WANT TO BE LIKE MIKE.
In this article Matt quotes heavily from an article written by ESPN senior writer Wright Thompson, MICHEAL JORDAN HAS NOT LEFT THE BUILDING. A striking observation that Thompson makes is, “Jordan is at the center of several overlapping universes, at the top of the billion-dollar Jordan brand at Nike, of the Bobcats (Charlotte North Carolina NBA Team), of his own company, with dozens of employees and contractors on the payroll. In case anyone in the inner circle forgets who’s in charge, they have to only recall the code names given to them by the private security team assigned to overseas trips…Jordan is called Yahweh-a Hebrew word for God.”
Matt writes these words to Micheal Jordan, “Micheal you never had peace. Truimph and fame, yes, but not peace…The peace that you seek isn’t available on a basketball court or a golf course but on a hill outside of Jerusalem. There, Yahweh incarnate hung in the place of sinners.”
As I read this aritcle I was moved to reflect on many creative artist, Micheal Jordan was one in the sphere of sports entertainment, who have embraced their gifts without acknowledging the Giver. They have discovered and mastered their creative gifts and have made them idols.
Other creative masters have made themselves idols, they become the object of worship for their fans, their audiences and their tribes. They hunger for and seek the glory and adulation of man without giving glory to the Creator who created them to create.
Idolatry is a heart matter. It comes from a hunger for recognition. It is vanity that seeks to be filled with adoration. When a creative artist becomes an idol he is seeking and searching for something to fill the void in his heart. When he lifts his gift to the world to be worshipped he is seeking to fill his vanity.
Does this article speak to you? Have you made yourself an idol or have you offered your gifts to the world as an idol. Turn away by repenting to the One true and living God. Turn to Yahweh and ask Hm to fill the empty places in your heart. Offer your creative gifts to Him as worship because He has created you to create with Him. Serve Him. Create with Him. Worship Him.