Playing Second Fiddle

My wife is not an upfront person. When we are meeting people, and someone asks, “what do you do?” She often responds with, “ I’m a behind-the-scenes person.” We need more people who are willing to be “behind the scenes” people in kingdom work.

Someone has said that the most difficult instrument in the orchestra to play is second fiddle. Everyone wants to be first chair. That has always been true but it may be more so today.

We live in a narcissistic “I’m going to get mine” society. Everyone wants to be number one. But everyone can’t be number one. There has to be a second-string player.

John-the-Baptist was willing to play second string. He was born for one purpose; to prepare the way for Jesus. That’s it. That’s all he was to do.

In Matthew 11:10 Jesus says,

“This is the one about whom it is written, ‘ BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.’”

. Notice that Jesus said John is the one “…who will prepare the way for you.” John’s job; his sole purpose for living was to prepare the way for Jesus. He was born to play second-fiddle.

That may be our task or, if it isn’t our life-long task, maybe it’s our task for a period of time. Maybe we are not supposed to be out-front. I’ve known people who will say, “ I’m a behind-the-scenes” person. What they mean is, “I don’t have to be out front.”

What about you? Has God called you to play second-fiddle and you’re struggling with it? Or, maybe you are normally out-front but, for a brief time, God is calling you to play second-fiddle. Don’t think it’s embarrassing. Don’t be jealous of those out-front; God needs people who will play second-fiddle.

You may be thinking, “but I don’t get the affirmation that I want when I’m not upfront.” You’re right, you don’t; but serving the Lord is not about getting affirmation. It’s about simply serving Him and hearing Him say to us m, “well done thou good and faithful servant.”

Don’t be ashamed of playing second fiddle. The Lord needs people who will be behind the scenes people as well.

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