In the movie “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, television newscaster Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) said, “I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal. People know me. I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.” I tried that line on my wife one day. She looked at me, blinked her eyes and said, “Okay big shot, how about taking out the garbage.” Nothing like having a spouse to keep you grounded and your ego in check. We live in a culture which feeds our narcissist notions of grandeur as we have become adept at patting ourselves on our backs for some of the most insignificant things. We want to be first, with the newest, fastest, biggest, gadget because we have gotten our priorities mixed up to think, “we are kind of a big deal.”
Jesus said, “if you want to find your life, you have to lose it” and “if you want to be first, you have to be willing to be last.” Wait… that doesn’t sound much like being a “big deal” to me. Jesus had the ability to elevate others beyond their situation in order to show them how much more they could be. A woman shunned by her community because of an illness is now a “daughter of Abraham”, an outcast tax collector suddenly thrust into the role of hosting the Messiah. Here is the reality of a relationship with Jesus; He doesn’t just change you into a better person, He completely transforms you into a new person. Even a rich man named Joseph from the town of Arimathea, who probably had all the trappings of being a big deal was humbled by this man named Jesus. Reality Check: It is in Christ alone that I am able to be a child of God, this is not of my own doing, but in the free grace of God (Ephesians 2:8). That is a big deal! When we humble ourselves by putting people first and things second, we discover the true big deal is found in the example of Christ. Everything about our culture screams otherwise. So… are you a big deal? You are if you are in Christ and Christ is in you. By the way… my office actually smells like good coffee, if that matters.