9.22.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: All The World’s A Stage…

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• For us to be Christians, and therefore, more like Christ, we have to surrender ourselves.

We have to relinquish our wants in favor of His will.

In John 3:30, John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Let’s think about this from another perspective.

While I rarely have time for movies now, I’ve always been a movie buff.

And every movie has a star — a lead character — who is surrounded by the supporting cast.

That’s what the world tells us we all deserve for ourselves — to be the centerstage star of our own lives.

But as Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players…”

If the world is a stage, and men and women are merely players who have entrances and exits throughout the overall production of life, then we aren’t qualified to be the star.

Because in the big, grand scheme of things, we have bit parts.

We have minor roles and the story isn’t about us.

We may contribute to the plot, but the Director has complete control over the script.

And He has determined Who the star is — Jesus Christ.

After all, a star isn’t in only a couple of scenes.

We know this truth from the beginning of Scripture to the very end.

In Genesis 1:26, God said, “Let US make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Emphasis mine.)

Then, in Revelation 1:17b-8, Jesus said, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”

Jesus has been there throughout the entire production and continues to be there today.

Therefore, we aren’t in a position to try to upstage Him.

We are to do what we can during our time on the stage to point the attention to Jesus.

To let His glory shine so that others can see His magnificent grace, mercy, and love.

Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for His role and ask the Holy Spirit to help you as you look to Him for cues and direction.

Thank Him for another day to be a part of the production and ask Him to help you be less like you, and more like Him.

So that when it comes to your own personal miniseries, Jesus continues in His rightful place at centerstage.

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