Do you want to be famous? Wealthy? Known and adored by millions? What would you do to achieve your goals? Oscar Wilde once said, “To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.” Whether we like to admit it or not, most of us “resemble that remark.” The problem with achieving goals is rarely that we need more information. Rather, achieving goals takes discipline and years of work. OR DOES IT? Maybe it just takes millions of “mahomies.”
Austin Mahone is the teen pop sensation who went from obscurity to stardom because of the internet. Even though most of us are aware that the internet is incredibly powerful, stories such as Mahone’s still stagger the imagination. Mahone began posting videos of himself singing in mid-2010. He developed a huge following online (dominated by teenage females, called “mahomies”). He has over 2.7 million fans on Facebook, 2.7 million followers on Twitter, 1.5 million followers on Instagram, and his YouTube channel has exceeded over 90 million views and consists of approximately 500,000 subscribers. Now he has officially signed a deal with Chase/Universal Republic Records.
How do you go from obscurity to millions of fans, a record deal, and the ability to set up Skype calls at $50 for 10 minutes? It is a bit of a mystery, isn’t it? Of course, clever marketing plays a part, but lots of people are spending lots of energy trying to become stars with no success. To say the least, Mahone’s story is not the one we grew up with where the country music singer sells everything, hitches a ride to Nashville, and waits tables while looking for that one big chance.
In Luke 16, Jesus said that “the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light” (16:8). Is it possible that we desire to share Jesus with others but that our methods are outdated, our efforts are lackadaisical, and His “fan base” isn’t energized. “Mahomies” boosted an unknown teenager to stardom in a matter of days. What can motivated Christians do to help people learn about the Son of God? Have you posted about Christ today? Have you shared your love of Jesus today? Have you told someone that they can have eternal salvation through His blood? I just did…your turn.