My husband served as pastor for three turnaround churches for over 25 years, literally giving pieces of his life for them. He was a behind the scenes person, humble, not showy in his work for God. Not many stepped up to help him who were “over him”, but there were some “behind the scenes” people who loved and helped him. We learned not to expect that denom leadership would not care that much or take the time from their administrative stuff for a small church and challenged ourselves to listen to God’s leading and trust in Him. He worked hard to give God’s best in him for people who were satisfied with just having a preacher stand up front Sunday after Sunday. He wanted them to know that there was more to living for God than just showing up on Sunday. Randy Callaway, I love and appreciate you and I noticed, for I was your behind the scenes person in prayer for what God called you to be and do.
For awhile, I was that up front person in my ministry. I knew my husband was always behind me, in the background, faithfully supporting me in wherever God would take me. It was challenging to have two ministries under one roof at times, but we did it gladly for we loved God that much. To do otherwise was not acceptable. We had to follow God, listening to Him, while trying to obey in the best way we knew how with what we had to work with for that moment. We had successes and we learned tons from our many failures.
We pray for each other still…behind the scenes of life.
One thing I have learned most is to love and appreciate behind the scenes people for without them up front people are “less than” without them. I am recalling hundreds of volunteer BTS people who came alongside me and I thank God for you.
In our passage today, I stand in appreciation of two important, behind the scenes people who lovingly made arrangements with scary Pilot, the Roman governor, to respectfully take down the body of Jesus and do the ugly job of taking care of this precious, whipped and bloody body. They carefully placed Him in a fresh, clean, never been used by anyone else, tomb in a cave until the Sabbath was over. Thank you.
John 19, The Message
38 After all this, Joseph of Arimathea (he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, because he was intimidated by the Jews) petitioned Pilate to take the body of Jesus. Pilate gave permission. So Joseph came and took the body.
39-42 Nicodemus, who had first come to Jesus at night, came now in broad daylight carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. They took Jesus’ body and, following the Jewish burial custom, wrapped it in linen with the spices. There was a garden near the place he was crucified, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been placed. So, because it was Sabbath preparation for the Jews and the tomb was convenient, they placed Jesus in it.
Thank you, Joseph and Nicodemus, for taking care of our Lord’s body.
Our challenge today? Look around at all the behind the scenes people who love and serve you…thank them out loud! Be a noticer of good people trying to make life a little easier for those who are upfront or those who need it most…the “least of these”.
Who is greater in God’s Kingdom? The behind to scenes people. Jesus said so.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for all the “behind the scenes” people in my life who have enriched my being and doing in so many ways. Thank you for speaking with me this morning about being more grateful for these people. Thank you for your love, mercy and grace to us, for we are ALL behind the scenes of your unconditional love for all of us. YOU are the only upfront person of Truth that we love and trust with all our heart, mind, and soul. Continue to be with us as we look at people through your eyes AND appreciate them more and more. In Jesus Name, Amen