“Serving the Lord Behind the Scenes and on the Stage”
It is time for parents to start buying new lunchboxes, backpacks, shoes, crayons, paper, markers, notebooks, pens, pencils, and the first day of school outfit. I am sure we can all look back and think of our first day of school experiences. I don’t know about you but I was always excited to see my friends whom I missed over the summer. We would talk during P.E. or at lunch about our fun summer vacations and outings we might have taken. A new school year meant new challenges and fun memories with new and old friends.
There was one teacher that sticks out in my mind more than anyone else and her name was Ms. Braswell. She was my fourth grade teacher and she was kind, caring, and fun. You could tell that she truly loved her students and she wanted us to succeed. It helped that she let us chew gum and take our shoes off during class even though we weren’t supposed to. The reason Ms. Braswell stands out above the rest is because you could see her heart in every lesson she prepared and she was intentional with her students.
Teachers work so hard to make sure their students get the education they need to thrive. Teachers do not only work in front of the classroom but at home as well. Teachers prepare lessons at home and they aren’t getting paid for that time. This reminds me of the over achieving work of the prophet Elijah. Although Elijah wasn’t perfect, he would go above and beyond to serve the Lord. Elijah served the Lord behind the scenes when he was obedient to the Lord at the river (1 Kings 17:2-16). Elijah knew he was alone but he obeyed God and the Lord blessed him by sending food through ravens. There were many times when Elijah was not behind the scenes, instead he was on center stage proclaiming God’s name. “Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing (1 Kings 18:21).” Elijah will always be known as one of the greatest prophets in the Bible. He is known because of his obedience to the Lord, no matter the circumstance. Like I said, Elijah isn’t perfect and that is why we can relate to him so well.
Let’s take a note from teachers and from the prophet Elijah, we should serve the Lord behind the scenes and on the stage. Sometimes when we serve behind the scenes we feel as if our work is not worthy because people don’t see it but God sees our work and He is pleased. God is the only one who matters when we are serving Him and not the people around us. “So then, my dear friends, stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever use-less (1 Corinthians 15:58).” I hope you remember this verse as you serve the Lord whether it be behind the scenes or on the stage.