As he preached [John the Baptist] said, "The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out." Mark 1:7-8 (TM)
I have been involved in our small community theatre for the past several years. It seems like everyone wants to be on stage. Everyone wants the spotlight. When you cast people in a show the first thing they do is count the number of lines they have to see where they land in the pecking order of the cast. Sadly, there are some who will refuse to be in the play at all if they don’t get a major role.
For a recent production we had over seventy people audition for a handful of roles. At the same time, we have a hard time finding stage hands. People want to be in the spotlight. They have little interest in an unheralded role backstage. Yet, without the stagehands you don’t have a show. Stagehands make the stars of the show look good on stage and make sure the show runs smoothly. Committed stage hands who do their job well are as essential to the production.
Similarly, I find many of us want to be the star of our own lives. We relegate Jesus to a role of production assistant, while we hoard all the attention and ovations. John the Baptist gave us all an example of the way it should be. He realized that Jesus is the rightful star of our lives. We are all merely stagehands to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I may know how to put on a good act, but I’m certainly not God. Jesus deserves the spotlight in my life.