My Facebook feed is filled with post after post from friends lamenting the loss and wishing he rest in peace, just as happens any time a celebrity passes.
I have nothing against celebrities and wish peace for those they left behind, and truly hope they are resting in peace. But I always wonder, when I see these posts, did they know Jesus? Do these people posting “RIP” think about that? Not just in passing or hearing about him in Sunday School, only to follow their own ways the rest of their lives, but did they really know Him? Did they put their faith in Him as their only hope for salvation? That’s what I think about.
Fame doesn’t get you anywhere with God. Not money, not awards, not talent. Not even being a good person. There is no “good enough” here. It’s Jesus. Only Jesus. We can’t do anything other than put our faith in Jesus who was given to us by God as a gift. (For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV).
David Bowie had cancer. He knew his time was short-his life had a deadline that was coming up. But the truth is, none of us have a single day promised. Tomorrow could be it for you or me. Jesus could come back next week. It’s up to God. Some of us, like David Bowie, have some kind of notice, but most don’t. And if we sit scared of telling those around us, those we love the most, because they might think we’re weird or it might offend them, and their number is called, then what? It’s too late, that’s what.
This is why the gospel and it’s power to save is so imperative to get out to everybody. I have such a burden for that. I look at pictures of David Bowie and I think, is He with Jesus? Did anybody ever tell him how to get there?
Friends, the people surrounding you, famous or not, are dying to hear about Christ. They may not even know it. But how can they believe in something they’ve never heard? If you are a follower of Christ and that doesn’t burden you a little bit, I’m not even sure what to say. Other than go read up on those words in red letters in the first four books of the New Testament.
Who will tell them?
Father God, I pray peace for all the families dealing with the loss of loved ones, that they may know the peace that surpasses understanding that comes to those who walk with you. I pray for all that call on you as Savior and Lord would feel an overwhelming desire to share your saving love with those around them. I pray, Lord, that you give them boldness to declare your Name wherever they go.