Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The show or not the show that is the question?

Being humble is making sure you are not the show, even when you are in the show!
Mark 1:7 (John the Baptist) And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. John the Baptist, even though at the time was a key player in God's show did not want the star billing.

Whenever he was asked the question about who he was. Never took the opportunity to say, hey look at me, look what I am doing for God. He always pointed people to the coming Messiah Jesus Christ who would soon come. John was a man who was in the show as a star yet never wanted to be the show.
He remained humble and very willing to back out of the way that he not distract from Jesus the true star of the show!

As Pastor's and leaders in ministry being up front can sometimes get us in trouble. We tend to forget, especially when we are getting much of the attention. To point people to Jesus solely, and be willing to get out of the way as not to distract people from seeing Him. It is not always our fault though. As people will at times build us up as the star attraction or put us on the pedestal for an Oscar!

That is when we see whether we are humble and able to handle star billing in a show that we are part of. A show that we share in but we are not the main character. A show in which we will do our best and our best will make the star of the show even better.That is true humility. Knowing we are good yet using that good without a trumpet sound and fanfare to help someone else shine brighter.

If we are serving the Gospel people need to see the Gospel. That is the show we are in and have become, by God's Grace players in His production. Remembering that if not for Jesus we would not be who we are. So we need to make sure that people are not seeing us but the Jesus in us. It is easy to get caught up in the trap of popularity, people's compliments, and big pat on the back for a job well done.

All that is good until we forget where and who we are in Christ. It is good to be encouraged nothing wrong with that. We just need to remember it is not all about us. It is about the One who brought us to where we are. And by faith in what He did for us at Calvary. Even Jesus who is the star, who is the key player in this play humbled Himself.

As John was humbled and willing to get out of the way and give Jesus top billing. Even Jesus humbled Himself, Phil.2:8-9--And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9--Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.

Why did Jesus do that? He was willing to take the cross be disgraced and humiliated for us! He made a way that we would become the righteousness of God through His humble sacrifice (II Cor.5:21). If you do not know that you can today. It is believing by faith in what Jesus did for you. It is humbling yourself before Jesus and saying Lord with all my heart I come to you. Change me as only You can Lord Jesus.

Take the star billing of my life. Take the sin away that has so distracted me from the truth and reality of life's production. And put me into Yours. A production of eternal life.That I see, even though I am in the show  I am not the show. I humbly surrender to You that star billing on the door of my heart amen!