You think a lot about being first. This isn’t a question because I am quite certain that this is true about you—and me. Of course, in life not everyone gets the solo part, becomes the valedictorian, or wins the game; we “play second fiddle” parts while dreaming—maybe scheming—about the glory of being first. The desire to be first isn’t the sin, but sin easily births from that desire. Rather than playing our parts begrudgingly, let’s “practice playing second fiddle” with joy and gratitude, as a powerful witness that we have placed our lives before God as an offering.
The heart and soul of Christmas is that God brings human nature and the Godhead together in one human being: Jesus Christ. In the birth and life of Jesus, God showed us what it is like to be truly human. Then, Jesus chose to set aside the privilege of deity in an act of lavish unparalleled selflessness. Even now, Jesus supremely lives and reigns, but thinks about glorifying God, not Himself.
“Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!” (The Message)
Jesus, You live as I want to live, devoted in love to our Father, thinking about glorifying Him. Thank You for showing me how to be truly human. I want to practice setting aside my perceived rights and privileges and think first about others before myself. I ask You to make me humble and selfless. Amen
This week, practice playing second fiddle. Thank your leader, give credit to others for their contribution, encourage someone every day…you take it from here.
Keep Rhythm with Jesus.