Last time I wrote about seeing ourselves differently than most people see themselves. I suggested that we are not the stars of our own story. We are supporting actors in God’s story…the drama of His redeeming a world and a people for Himself.
No Small Roles
Some people might not like what I’m suggesting. They may not relish the idea of having such a small role in what they see as their own lives. This reminds me of a famous quote from Konstantin Stanislavsky; the acting theorist who said, “There are no small roles, only small actors.” Our role may be small, but we need not be small actors.
There is nothing small about who we are as Christians. In the opening chapter of His gospel, John writes, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (v. 12). Christians are children of God, the writer, director, producer, and star of the drama of redemption. The reality is that in our small roles, we are important actors.
Supporting Roles and God’s Word
When we maintain the proper perspective in regards to our roles in God’s unfolding plan, we begin to understand the Bible more accurately. We don’t immediately see each passage as directly applying to us. We can first understand the passage in its own context. We are led to understand where it fits in God’s story. Then, we can better understand how that particular part of the Bible should be applied in our own lives.
I cannot emphasize this enough. We must be quick to hear as we read Scripture. We must not rush to the application of the Bible until we understand the meaning. And that meaning is the meaning God intended. It’s His story and we can only understand how it applies to us when we understand where it fits into God’s plan.
Get Excited About Your Role
When we begin to view our lives as a part of something much larger, we have something to really get excited about. We need to think of life like a serial TV series where we just can’t wait to see the next episode. But we can’t binge watch our life like it’s on Netflix. No…but we can wake up every morning with expectation about what will happen in God’s story and role in it. We can be excited about what God our Father has in store for us.
Being quick to hear helps us see our roles in God’s story. We focus on understanding God and the role He has for us before we act out that role. Failing to be quick to hear may lead us to try to become quick to speak and act. We attempt to become the star of our own story or attempt to play a different role than that God has for us.
So, be quick to hear God’s Word each day and interpret your life in light of God’s story.