Supporting Roles

“What we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5

Jesus is the lead role. We play supporting roles.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto. Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble. Batman and Robin. Lucy and Ethel. Famous television duos with a lead role and supporting character.

The picture and video clip is yours truly, Girl Friday, an actress at heart. The picture was taken recently at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference by my friend Jo Ann. Fiction author, Steven James was the keynote speaker and asked for audience participation with a shark story. The reaction captured is imagining we are swimming in the ocean and spot a shark. Denise, another friend at the writers conference, filmed the Peter Piper tongue twister performance which won me an award in Mrs. White’s third grade class. Lead role? Supportive role?

Maybe you landed the lead role in a theater production, a school play, a more prestigious screenplay or film. Perhaps supporting roles are your forte.

While the supporting role is vital to the storyline and supports the lead character, supporting roles remain “below” that of the lead role. Supporting roles of Tonto, Barney Rubble, Robin, and Ethel all play an important part of the “dynamic duo” they represent, but never upstaging the lead role.

As believers, we play an important supporting role. During Jesus earthy ministry, the twelve disciples were called to be supportive to his role and cause—his father’s work being fulfilled. As Jesus disciples, we play supporting roles. We come alongside the cause of Jesus life, death, and resurrection. The gospel message. Never upstaging the role of Christ who is the total representation of God and his glory. It’s not about us. It’s about Jesus—his fame and renown. Not proclaiming ourselves, but proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord.

Jesus is the leading role. Never before has then been such a powerful leading role in history or film. Jesus Christ. The lead role of all time.

© 2014 by Karen Friday

May 26, 2014 at 2:58 pm | Uncategorized

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