Pastor Matt’s Thoughts
Blessed are the saints of the second fiddle.
1 Samuel 12:2
“And now, behold, the king walked before you; and I am old and gray headed.” Samuel was a better man than Saul, but he knew how to take a back seat graciously. Which is why I say… blessed are those who want the spotlight to be on them and them only. Saul was one of those who had no tolerance for second place. When he heard the women singing, “Saul hath slain his thousands and David his ten of thousands, he was very angry and the saying displeased him.” (1 Sam. 18:7&8)
Sadly, there are even some preachers and believers who have been known to react the same way as Saul when supersede by someone more successful. In the Word of Gods we find that eh best person is not always those who want the spotlight. Here some examples; (Eccl. 10:7) “I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.” (3 John 9 ). “…..but Diotrephes, who loved to be first, will have nothing to do with us.” (Romans 12:10) “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
John the Baptist was the foremost prophet and preacher of his time when he said of Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). Our prayer should be in no matter what talent we possess or what we are asked to do, God grant us the beatitude of being in the background, that only Christ may be seen.
Samuel took what I call the back seat for someone lesser, John the Baptist for someone greater, the question is can we play second fiddle, whether for a lesson or for the Greatest of all?