The expert name-droppers are those who can veer any topic of conversation towards a theme that allows them to drop a well-known name in.
Reference: v.46 “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets." (NIV Bible)
Explore: Do you know someone who is a name-dropper? You know the type: You're having a conversation with someone and they constantly drop names of well-known people that they have met into the dialogue. The expert name-droppers are those who can veer any topic of conversation towards a theme that allows them to drop a well-known name in. You may be enjoying a conversation about politics when suddenly, within a couple of sentences, you find yourself talking about sport and, ahhh, there it is, the latest sport star the name-dropper has met is dropped into conversation. They usually try to make it subtle like, 'Well, the other day when I was talking to Michael Jordan, he said that…" and yet if you don't pick up on the name they have dropped it will be repeated over and over until someone makes a comment! It's funny because usually the most avid name-droppers have the least amount to do with the well-known person, however they drop their name to make themselves look more important.
Application: There are lots of ways we can make ourselves look more important. Some people are name-droppers, others wear labelled clothes and others splash their money around. But God sees through all of this showy behaviour and looks to the heart of people. When Jesus walked on the earth there were some people high up in religious positions that wanted to make themselves look more important. But Jesus saw through their facade and saw who they really were. When we look at impressing others, we should not focus on the people around. We should only aim to impress our Lord. As we strive to live each day, may our efforts go into living for Jesus rather than receiving glory from the people around us.
Prayer: Lord, we love to impress others. May our focus be solely on You. Amen.
What do you do to impress others? How can you live to impress God today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.