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I have to confess that I used to like to watch American Idol. And the best part of the season was when all the wannabees come out for the auditions. I lose interest when it is narrowed down to the last 50 who actually have some talent. It is amazing to me that when Simon used to say, “Why are you here today?” their reply is always, “Because I am the next American Idol.” They don’t say, “Because I want to be the next American Idol.” It is always, “Because I AM the next American Idol.” It is amusing to see how bad some of these people really are. They interviewed one young man who was about to audition and told something about his life. He had a band back home. When they interviewed his father, the father said that his son could, “sing like a bird.” But when the young man went into the audition room and opened his mouth, he sounded more like a gorilla — growling, twisting and stomping like he was being tortured. The judges were not impressed. Simon buried his head in his hands, Paula just looked at the floor and Randy laughed.
It’s all hugely entertaining, not to mention amusing. The blaring message of the program for me is: Just because you think you can sing does not mean you can sing; just because you think you have talent does not mean you have talent. Some of those who audition believe that they were born to be a singer, when they’re actually a screecher. One girl even came to the auditions knowing that she could not sing, because she thought it was not fair that people who could not sing could not win a singing contest. There are a lot of people in the world who make themselves miserable because they are trying to be something that they are not. They have never found the purpose for which they were born. Some of these people come saying that it has always been their dream to be a famous singer, but their dream is a fantasy. Their real dream is to become rich and famous.
The message of the Bible is that God has made each of us for a purpose, and until we find, and live out, that purpose, we are missing out on something very important. We can rebel and go another way, but we will miss the blessing of finding the reason for which we were born. The Bible says, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21). All of us were born with the purpose of belonging to God and living for him and using our lives to make the world a better place. He is our Creator, Savior and friend, and to miss out on knowing him would be the greatest mistake of our lives. It does not take any talent to live out your purpose at this point.
There is an interesting passage in the gospel of Luke that says, “All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right. . . . But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves” (Luke 7:29-30). They fancied themselves to be the people of God, but they were wrong. They thought they were more religious than Jesus, and therefore they did not need him. Thinking we don’t need Jesus is a problem many people have.
Beyond that there is a more specific purpose for each of us. Some of you were born to be musicians. God has gifted you with an ability to sing or play an instrument, and many of you are
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