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Playing Your Part

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If you’ve nudged Jesus into a minor role in your life, ask God’s forgiveness, telling Him you want the show to go on—but this time with Christ in the lead.

Any thespian worth her salt knows about the importance of preparation. You begin by memorizing your lines, imagining the scene, acting it out. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready for the first rehearsal. But when you make your entrance, everything goes haywire—apparently you’ve memorized the wrong part! The director stops the play to inquire just who you think you are and what you think you are saying. The whole thing is confusing, embarrassing and frustrating. You’ve worked so hard and only succeeded in messing things up.

That’s a very rough analogy to convey what can happen in our own lives when we get our part of the story wrong, taking on a role God never asked us to play. When we come into relationship with Christ, we realize he is the main character in the story of salvation. That means he is also at the center of our personal stories. With the knowledge that we belong to Christ, we forsake the deep selfishness that once characterized us.

Even so, a funny thing can happen over the course of time. Some of us begin to lose our grip on the story we believe in. Forgetting who the Hero is, we begin to act and think as though everything depends on us and very little on God. Instead of rehearsing what Christ has done for us by committing his promises to memory, for instance, we begin to rehearse all the wrong lines—“I’ve got to do whatever it takes to get that promotion” or “God couldn’t possibly save my marriage” or “God must not love me because he hasn’t answered my prayers the way I asked him to.” Lines like these will cause us to mess up.

The good news about messing up, of course, is that doing so may help us wake up to the fact that we’ve forgotten the big story that should guide our lives. If you’ve nudged Jesus into a minor role in your life, ask God’s forgiveness, telling him you want the show to go on—but this time with Christ in the lead. 

 

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