A shadow is caused by light falling on an object. When that light is the glory of God, then the shadow is celebrity. The world cannot understand, comprehend, or even see God’s glory, but they can see the shadow. The shadow can be strong in its fleshly manifestations ~ like wealth, fame, power, innovation ~ the list is endless. The anointing is the substance of the shadow, and in it you realize all the power and blessing of God.
Don’t forget that it is written, “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” In other words, a person may obtain the shadow of celebrity ~ which will give abundant wealth, fame, and power throughout their natural life, but if they lose the glory, which is the literal presence of God Himself, the door is left open for sorrow. But the word of God says, “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it.” So there is a shadow equation that exists here, and the principle and only critical factor is the “Lord.”
The reason this equation is a shadow is because it is not obvious, that if you take the Lord out of the picture then sorrow becomes a major player. This is because the shadow of celebrity has power itself. And, if we’re not careful, the power of the shadow can become the main focus of our attention. Remember, the shadow itself has got incredible power to reproduce, to bless, and to carry out a bright beautiful future. But this future also has the possibility for much sorrow.
A good example of what I am talking about is King Saul. He was nobody, from the smallest tribe of Benjamin, and also did nothing to get celebrity status. Suddenly he is anointed by the prophet Samuel, the light of God’s glory shined upon his life, and he developed the shadow of celebrity. In his shadow were kingly power, wealth, strength, and an assortment of regal wisdom. But the thing King Saul did not calculate was that he was beginning to focus on the shadow and no longer kept looking at the source of the shadow, which was God’s favor (through the prophet Samuel) upon his life.
When prophet Samuel makes what King Saul thinks are obvious mistakes, like being late to one of their meetings, he just goes and takes control of the situation. Yet in that little action Saul loses the spotlight of God’s glory on his life, and suddenly the shadow has nothing left to generate it. The amazing thing is, God never removed the shadow because, like we said earlier, the gifts and callings of God are without repentance. The shadow remained with him throughout his life. But when Saul died all of the glory of his house perished with it, including that of his children. The real key is to not focus on the shadow, but to keep looking at who is making the shadow. It is the light of God’s glory.
Think about this for a few moments. Meditate upon the occasions when your passion was extreme. You also experienced extreme attention (even celebrity status itself). That is what shined upon you and made you attractive. If you can discover the source of the presence of God and never lose that precious essence, you will discover that diamond mine and that gold lode that every successful, powerful, and wealthy person is looking for. Look out, because you’re about to become a celebrity!