Stealing Centre-stage

September29

 

“…play actors… They get applause, true, but that’s all they get” (Matthew 6:2 MSG)

Let’s pretend this life is a little like a stage performance, with a twist. You’re living in a land of “make-believe” if you think because it’s your life you’re the leading-lady or the leading-lad. You don’t call the shots, God does. Always has, always will. Never forget that Jesus is the leading man in this stage show; we’re just the supporting roles. Unfortunately we’re pretty prone to forgetting this fact. Do you know, when we prance and parade about the stage expecting an applause we’re not only making fools of ourselves, we’re fooling ourselves. Matthew 3:11 (MSG) puts Jesus in His place, centre-stage, He’s “the main character in this drama”. We’re just meant to make God look good- to God be the glory! 

Here’s our downfall in life. We get distracted by all the glitz and the glamour all too easily; the sparkles and the sequins take our eyes off our Saviour. We forget what this Divine drama is all about.  It’s not about trying to make something of ourselves; it’s all about shining the spotlight on Jesus. Here’s what happens when we forget to do our duty. When Jesus is standing centre-stage we get all starry-eyed and shove Jesus out of the limelight. Don’t try and steal Jesus’ centre-spot; it’s not your place. When you realise that God is our everything nothing else matters. Who cares if we don’t get the credit? 

Question: are you shining the spotlight on yourself? If you’ve realised that you are what are you going to do about it?  Here’s another thing to think about, in your life who takes the lead? 

Here’s what Matthew 6:1 (MSG) has to say about us trying to steal the show “It might be good theatre, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.” And if God doesn’t give you a clap and a pat on the back nothing else matters at the end of the day. Now that’s a dead cert.  This has got to be one of my biggest worries, forgetting my script and harping on about ‘me me me’ rather than Father, Son and Spirit. Being seen as being a light in the darkness can have its drawbacks you know. The focus can so easily shift from the Saviour to the servant. Bad move. I always have to ask myself when people look at me- is all they see me or can they see the God-glow inside of me? 

Pray that you wouldn’t get star-struck with yourself, but that Jesus would be the Star that guides you home. Pray that you would fix your focus on Him. And while you’re at it, give a special prayer shout-out for your spiritual fathers and mothers in the faith, that they wouldn’t flick the switch so the spotlight is shining on themselves instead of on Jesus. Sure, He’s the Light of the world so He deserves all the limelight He can get, right?

Think upon these things:
This life, it’s not about me, it’s all about You, Jesus. Give God His rightful role; don’t keep Him behind the scenes.

Prayer: 

Father I’m so sorry for being self-centred.  From now on in may my life evolve around You! I’m stepping off to the side-lines, take centre-stage…

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