Do you remember Rosa Parks, the famous black woman who refused to surrender her seat to a white man and move to the back of the bus? There was more at stake that day than just a ride home from work. By simply being herself, Rosa Parks suddenly moved to centre stage. She wasn’t playing games. She was the real thing, and God shone a light on her soul that day that changed history.
That’s how it works: when God’s light shines on your efforts, little becomes much. Jesus said that everyone ‘…if you’re content to … be yourself, your life will count…’ (Matthew 23:12 The Message). Now, since God’s the only One who knows when your time will come, you’ve got to be prepared for it.
You say, ‘How do I do that?’. The Bible answers: ‘… be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. …’ (1 Peter 5:6-7 The Message).
Allow the Holy Spirit to be your agent and advance man. Don’t get ahead of Him. Just be faithful; and when the time is right, God will shine His spotlight on the next stage, and assign you an even bigger role. And when your moment comes for you to stride confidently into the spotlight and fulfil that God-given role, try to remember that there’s no room for self-importance and pretence.
This moment calls for 3 things:
1. stripping away all lesser roles you’ve acted out and settled for;
2. discovering who you are and what your life is really about; and
3. – this is big – depending totally on God to give you the most authentic performance of your career.