The backstage activity of a Third Day concert is many and varied, with the crew guys working really hard for most of the day to make the concert come alive in the evening. Third Day crew are the unsung heroes of our ministry, but this blog focuses on a different understanding of the term ‘backstage’.
Sociologists talk about ‘backstage’ and ‘frontstage’ as ways to understand the different ways that people present themselves. “Frontstage’ is the place where they project the image of themselves in a way that they want other people to see, to be attracted to, and that they themselves will receive appreciation and acceptance from. ‘Backstage’ is what goes on in private, what the person might be really like, the secret and private part of live that the public don’t see.
It doesn’t take much imagination to apply this metaphor to both the touring life of a band, and the spiritual life of an individual. So over the last year or two in our devotions we have centered on this imagery often.
A lot of energy and creativity is put into making Third Day’s ‘frontstage’ performance excellent-that’s the concert that literally happens on the stage every night. But we have been putting time and effort into making our ‘backstage’ just as strong- good relationships and working practice with the crew, management, and all we meet and interact backstage each day..including other members of the band.
We’ve also personalised the metaphor and recognised that the image we give out to the public, and often also to close friends, may project one picture, but that our private state of mind and spiritual well being might be altogether different. In other words, we’ve vowed both professionally and personally to clean up the ‘backstage’.
God’s not impressed with a sparkling ‘frontstage’ if our ‘backstage’ area is untidy, messy, dirty. Only recently in our devotional time together we studied these verses from the first chapter of James:
Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it — he will be blessed in what he does.
We talked long and hard about what it meant not just to hear the word of God, or even to talk about it from stage each night, but to live it out in our daily lives-‘frontstage’ and ‘backstage’…. in public and in private.
Some other verses that have helped us in this process have been as follows:
1 Chronicles 28.8-10
Why not read through some of these and see for yourself if the Lord is prompting you to bring your ‘frontstage’ and ‘backstage’ closer in line with your real identity as a child of God?