YOU: Hey man, how do you like the burgers here?
ME: They’re almost as good as Kel Mitchell’s. Not quite though. His burgs are cray.
YOU: Who’s Kel Mitchell?
ME: ummm…from Good Burger? All That? The throwback moment on Jimmy Fallon of Kenan and Kel doing the Good Burger sketch from All That?
YOU: Oh, I think I remember him. I’m more of a David’s Burger fan myself.
ME: I like that restaurant too.
YOU: Restaurant? Ahhh, no, I mean David Hyde Pierce.
YOU: I can’t remember all the projects he’s worked on…but, yes, I believe that’s right.
ME: My best friend Brenden Fraser hates that guy. “It’s Fray-Zer!” he always yells to Tom Hanks at parties. “Not Fray-ZHer!” Denzel and I think it’s hilarious.
Knowing how to name drop is important business among us non-famous, ridiculous people. And it’s been that way for thousands of years. Even the church can (and often does) get caught up in it. Paul addressed it head on. People in Corinth were saying, “I follow Paul!” and others responded, “Peter’s Burgers are way better!” (my translation), and still others were chanting “Apollo! Apollo! Ah-Paw-Low!” It created deep division.
We see, however, that the healing balm offered is not only for the name-droppers, but also for those of us who just get too caught up in the hubbub of everyday.
1 Corinthians 3:23
So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you (plural) are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
If you have trusted in Christ, everything you want is yours already. Stop competing. The Apostles, the world, life, death, the present, the future…it’s yours. And you are Christ’s. And Christ is God’s.
So, let’s take a breath and enjoy our burger. That’s what Paul would say. (I’d know. We’re like BEST friends.)