There was a church where the preacher and the minister of music were not getting along. As time went by this began to spill over into the worship service. The first week the preacher preached on commitment and how we all should dedicate ourselves to the service of God. The music director led the song, “I Shall not be Moved.” The second week the preacher preached on tithing and how we all should gladly give to the work of the Lord. The director led the song, “Jesus Paid it All.” The third week the preacher preached on gossiping and how we should all watch our tongues. The music director led the song, “I Love to Tell the Story.”
With all this going on, the preacher became disgusted over the situation and the following Sunday told the congregation he was considering resigning. The musician led the song, “Oh, Why Not Tonight?”
During the week, the preacher resigned. That Sunday he informed the church it was Jesus who led him there and it was Jesus who was taking him away. The music leader led the song, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”
God puts people in our lives so we can help them succeed. We were created to help others. One of the greatest joys in life should be helping somebody else succeed. The right attitude to have is to tell myself I will do my best so that they can do their best.
I want to show you a video clip from the movie About a Boy. In it Will played by Hugh Grant is friend to a boy, Marcus, who’s having trouble at school with other older kids. Marcus is not cool, and is out of place. Some of these kids chase him from school one day and he runs to Will’s house, where they throw candy at him. Will sees this and tries to help Marcus.
Just so you know, Will, the older guy, is not used to doing anything for anyone else. It’s so far been about him and getting what he wants. He’s been the only one on stage in his life.
Will’s no longer going to be the only one on his stage. He’s finally ready to do something in secret, to be invisible and let someone else shine. And how good it feels.
Our scripture this morning talks about how when you give in secret God will reward you in the open. Jesus wants to make it clear that having to be the front person brings no blessings from God.
I believe Christ would say even if you do good, you run the risk of ruining the results of your good action if you get in the way. Let God take
your good actions, such as your giving, your generosity, your prayers for others, your commitment to the church or the family, and work with it in his time. Trust the Lord to work things out.
If we have to get short term, immediate gratification for ourselves, then we can’t get long term spiritual, satisfaction from God. We can’t have it both ways.
But not everyone can do this. People aren’t secure enough to stay behind the scenes and not have to be the star. So many doing something for nothing and letting others’ star shine.
We should figure out our role and accept what we are and what the Lord has given us to do. If we don’t, we’ll never be happy; we’ll be fighting with others to be preeminent over them, and we’ll upset things the Lord is trying to get done.
Just because there are times when you’re invisible doesn’t mean you’re not important. The Lord sees what others don’t.
I know a man who saw where the corporation he works for needed to go. It was a certain product line. He got his supervisor to head in that direction. They got into that segment of business heavily. In fact, they’re into it so deep that they’ve decided to go with a completely new and dedicated sales team on this product line. Guess what. They’re bypassing this fellow and his sales team who were the ones who had the initial vision and got them going.
He’s made his supervisor look good and helped the company into a profitable new line of business. He’s invisible. But he’s important. I have complete faith God will works things out. Good things, better blessings are coming to him.
You’ll be ok being invisible. Just remember you’re important. You’re invaluable.
Jonathan the son of Saul wasn’t chosen as king. His BFF David was chosen instead. Jonathan was so secure that he went out of his way to help David.
As you know, David wasn’t raised in royalty. He came from a poor family of shepherds living in the desert. It was Jonathan who took David under his wing and taught him the protocol. He didn’t compete against him him—he helped him.
People saw David shining and rising to new heights. What they didn’t see was his good friend Jonathan who was supposed to be king, helping David shine behind the scenes.
He could’ve thought – this guy took my spot. But Jonathan had the wisdom to know his role in David’s story was to push him forward. It’s better to become who God created you to be than to try to become something you’re not. Things never turn out well when that happens.
Everybody should have someone and more whom they’re helping. It’s necessary to be invisible in somebody else’s life, not looking for credit, not announcing “hey everybody look at what I’m doing.”
That person you’re investing in wouldn’t shine as bright without you. They may even think they did it on their own. That’s ok, God sees it.
There’s a place where you’re in your sweet spot. That spot is where you’re giving and sharing, where there’s little pressure on you to perform, where you’re free to help, and bless. And all the while you’re able to stay humble, not acquiring a bigger reputation, more recognition, more credit.
The truth is you don’t have to be David to be fulfilled. You don’t have to be a queen to be happy. When you keep a pure, right heart, when you’re secure in what God made you, you can be content wherever you are.
If you’re going to get all the good things God wants to give you, you have to be happy for other people doing well. Can you handle being number two?
In Mark chapter 2 there was a paralyzed man who couldn’t walk for years. Four friends took him on a stretcher to the house where Jesus was staying. The house was too crowded to get him through it. But they were determined. They went through the roof and lowered the man. When Jesus saw their faith, he healed the man.
Jesus couldn’t see who the men were but he could see their faith. And they didn’t care if he saw them. They were there to put their friend in the right place. They wanted what was good for him. They didn’t need anything but to have him be well and be blessed. Now that’s being behind the scenes.
Your faith can help a loved one get well.
There are times in life we have to carry someone. They don’t have the faith they need right now. God will use us to carry a friend.
Be content to play your role. It’s not your time to stand out in front. It’s your time to carry others and not get the credit. But the Lord is watching and God will bless in times.
There’s a fellow who’s an equipment manager for pro ball team. The team often arrives in middle of the night and he has to go to arena sometimes at 2 am. He studies each player and what they like so he can get their lockers to their liking. He’s really dedicated. He says, “Nobody sees me but I know I matter.” He’s invisible yet important. He’s passing the test of being invisible.
Tell yourself, “I’m secure enough in who I am that I can be comfortable behind the scenes. I’m content to make others look good.”
When you have this attitude you’re sowing a seed of humility. It has the power to clean your heart and renew your spirit.
The truth is being willing to stand behind others and help them if the only place you can be if you’re seeking to push someone up and forward. You can’t be in front of people and do anything and push them; you can only pull them—and nobody wants to be pulled. It’s much better to be behind and nudge and support them.
And always remember, when you’re behind the scenes God sees what you’re doing. And when it’s your time to shine, what goes around will come around. God will make sure someone is there to push you up.
Let’s be people that celebrate others’ success. If you can’t be happy for others when they do well, then you’re not passing the test.
After all, it’s not like there’s a limit on the joys in life. God’s blessing doesn’t run empty. Just because you don’t get what you think is supposed to be yours today doesn’t mean you won’t get what the Lord has in store for you another, better day.
Trust God. Keep looking forward to what else God has in store for you. Let the Lord help us be able to carry others and not get the credit. For in that is real blessing and a walking in Jesus Christ’s name.
Can the church say Amen?