A lot of people worked on Solomon’s Temple, but only one man was recorded by name: Huram. Anything made out of a precious metal (gold, silver, bronze) was made by him. As stated above he was “extremely skilled and talented.” Huram was a superstar.
At one time or another, many of us would like to be a superstar. We would love to do something so well that it deserves and receives the recognition and respect of others. We would love to be a Simone Biles, a Rory McIlroy, a Michelangelo, a Taylor Swift, a Bill Gates, a John Grisham, or any other prominent person.
But God doesn’t call all of us to be rich and famous, and I for one am glad. There is a lot of responsibility that comes with being in the spotlight, and though the recognition and respect might be desired, I doubt many of us would want the scrutiny that comes with it.
It is not easy to have your life under a social microscope. The public adulation can create a distorted view of ourselves, and most of us want to hide our failures and flaws, not have them flaunted before the world.
But we need superstars. We need people who excel creatively, athletically, and intellectually, not only to inspire us but to move us forward. And these individuals have a huge social responsibility laid on their shoulders. People watch. People judge. People emulate.
But we, the anonymous, also have a huge responsibility. I Timothy 2 begins by exhorting us to “pray much for others; plead for God’s mercy upon them; give thanks for all he is going to do for them.” Then in verse two Paul says “Pray in this way for kings and all others who are in authority, or are in places of high responsibility.” I believe our superstars fall both in the category of “others” and of those “in places of high responsibility.”
A life in the public eye might have its high moments but it is a difficult life, and we, as Christians, are called upon to pray for those who live in that fishbowl. Pray for strength, for wisdom, for integrity, but most of all for a personal relationship with Jesus, for we know that only a life surrendered to God can truly be a successful and satisfying one.