His fame spread to all of Syria, and they brought to him all who were sick with various diseases and racked with pain, those who were possessed, lunatics, and paralytics, and he cured them. Matthew 2:24
A lot of awards and recognition as evidences to her fame. She got it from various nations, India, United States, Russia, Yemen, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Palestine, Albania just to name a few. She received it from universities, Royal College of Surgeons, University of Cambridge, St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, University of North Carolina, Vishwa Bharti University just to name a few. She was honored not only by Christian churches but also by Hindu and Islamic nations. She was given accolades by political institutions aside from charitable agencies. For her “Sleepless Service to Humanity”, she was granted the “U Thant Peace Award”.
She had all this fame not because she held a powerful position in the government, inside the church or somewhere in the society. She had this fame not because she was physically stunning that Mrs. Indira Gandhi referred to her as “She looks tiny to look at, but there is nothing small about her.” She did not lead a country or no starring role in a movie or never won an athletic game.
She was famous because she served. She lived for the poor. She breathed for the unwanted.
Jesus and Mother Teresa lived the same life.
Matthew was sure on this, “His fame spread to all of Syria, and they brought to him all who were sick with various diseases and racked with pain, those who were possessed, lunatics, and paralytics, and he cured them” (Matthew 2:24).
Look at him. No position in government. No position in a company. No significant role in the ancient church. No movie for Oscars. No game to play. Yet fame came to him. Because Jesus served. He healed the sick. He touched the unwanted. He cured the suffering people. He eased the pain of the painful.
Nowadays, fame can come to you in two opposite ways. Serve yourself or serve others. Which way is your way to fame?