• Dan Strunk

The X Factor

In the early 2000’s Simon Cowell helped create a new kind of reality television series whose mission, besides making money, was to take common people who claimed they could sing and put them on a stage. While some of these people could actually sing; others only thought they could... until the judges told them differently. Both types of singers were equally as entertaining to watch on television, and in its rookie season “American Idol” generated an estimated 900 million dollars, before going on to be one of the most successful shows of all time.

The success of the show influenced the creation of a highly popular UK show called “The X Factor.” Much like Idol, the X Factor’s mission was to find new singing talent, and decide who was worthy of the being labeled as having the “X Factor.” The show defined the X factor as having an undefinable “something” that makes you star quality.

If I asked you to describe what having the “X factor” meant what would you say? What makes someone stand out or seem to have “Star power?”

Some might struggle to describe in words what is often only felt...Webster (for those who didn’t cheat) defines the X factor as a person that has a strong but unpredictable influence. Other sources say it is just a thing that makes someone stand out, and capture your full attention.

Would you be encouraged if I told you that Jesus said that you are the X factor?

In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus says,

You are the light of the world-like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly father.

Has God lit up your faith? Let that light motivate how you interact with others. Just like the contestants of American Idol, we have all been given the opportunity to take the stage in life. Our success on the stage is not a reflection of our own abilities, but is a reflection of God's power in us. Knowing this truth, and living it out is the real X factor.

Faith step:

Read Matthew 5:14.

Is this an accurate description of your faith? If not, pray that God will show you how your faith can be a light to others.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.


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