Robin Leach’s voice is unforgettable. It’s the perfect complement to the ritz and glamour featured on the show. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous was the original MTV Cribs. It was a peek into the life of a celebrity. It’s the chance for ordinary people to witness how extraordinary people live. And it was never a disappointment. The show was filled with the fancy cars, homes with 15 bedrooms and 26 bathrooms (just in case). These folks owned private jets and huge yachts. They ate lunches on Tuesday in Milan. And they rolled with people who were just like them – other really rich and really famous folks.
And we loved every minute of it.
To be honest, we would swap lives with them in an instant if we could. Who doesn’t like nice things? Who wouldn’t love to be noticed on the street? To have access to exclusive clubs? To hang with other rich and famous folks? That’s why we watched the show! Not because we were disgusted but because we were envious.
But it’s interesting to consider that if Robin Leach did an episode with the Most Rich and Famous One of all, it would look hardly like what we’re used to. Consider these things:
- For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)
- Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5-8)
- The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. (Luke 4:18-19)
- And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20)
- He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. (Isaiah 53:3)
- While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” (Mark 2:15-16)
Though He owns everything, He made himself poor. Though He is the King, He became a servant. Though He is the most powerful, He lived among the despised. Though the world centers around Him, He gave up his life for self-centered sinners.
Oh, how different is our Jesus? There is no one like Him! How much better is He than the richest, most powerful in the world? There’s no comparison! Oh, how we ought to be like Him! Why would we envy anything less?
Seven Mile Road, as we continue to look to Jesus, may we become more like Him. May we be so consumed with His life, that we too would use our riches and power and influence on behalf of the vulnerable. So that above all else, the good news of the gospel would be known as our greatest treasure.