Shamelessly name dropping

Have you met people who shamelessly name drop?  Have you been shamelessly name dropping? We love to have the focus to be on us. We love being in the spotlight. We are glory thieves. And one of the ways that that manifests itself in our lives is when we name drop. Do you know what name-dropping is?

‘Name dropping’ is the practice of using your association with someone important to gain access or privilege. 

The temptation to name drop nowadays is so strong. If you’ve ever met a famous person, or even just a half-famous person, the temptation to casually drop into conversation something like, “As I was saying to Ntokozo Mbambo/the archbishop/Pushie Watson the other day...” can be quite overpowering.

Trying to bolster our image by riding on someone else’s fame is not Godly.

Why do we do this?

People generally like to name drop to feel important. We tend to praise men so that they will praise us back.

Some church people also like to pretend they are associated with a person or ministry whether they really are or not.  They talk about how they “sat under” someone’s teaching which makes it sound like they had individual or small group mentoring and training, but really they just attended the Church on Sundays like everyone else.   Some people only like to volunteer in areas where they will get attention or recognition.

There is nothing wrong with having a few spiritual heroes in life, or even heroes in general.  We need to be inspired by the amazing stories of others; how their accomplishments have helped to shape the world around them.

There is also a place and time for everything.

The problem is when we believe those people’s names will open doors for us. God is the door opener and closer.
This is the message from the one who is holy and true, the one who has the key of David. What he opens, no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open - Revelation 3:7


Didn't God give you the vision, dream, desire? Why then have you placed your trust in someone else's name but His? 

Doesn't the Bible say the name of the Lord is a Strong Tower and the Righteous run into it?

Is anything too hard for God?

Woman of God, Who have you placed your faith in?

Do we really believe that the Gospel of Christ is enhanced by someone who has attained to celebrity status?  Does God need the endorsement of a mega Church guru or a super salesman soul winner?

Will it count for eternity and for the glory of God that you or I had a one minute revival meeting with the pastor who prayed for a woman on a wheelchair and they were “instantly healed”?

Don't you know that when people open doors for you, they become a burden, as you will one of these days have to repay them for their generous favour? 

All our glorying in man is idolatrous and an abomination in the sight of God.It doesn’t really matter whose signature is at the bottom of your Bible college diploma. It doesn’t really matter whose endorsement is on the back of your book. What has eternal value is whether we have gathered up all the glory and praise we can find and given every bit of it to God. 

We don’t need to be star-struck by Christian celebrities, musicians, pastors, etc. They are just like us, saved by Grace. God is working through us as He is working through them. God shows no partiality.

Let us have a proper understanding of the Gospel. When we do it will dispel hero-worship, the fear of man, the approval of man, and an unhealthy sense of being star-struck.

“I am the LORD that is my name: and My Glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” (Isaiah 42:8).