Today’s Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:18; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 2:4
Have you ever been to a concert or other musical performance where someone in the audience quietly sings along with the soloist on stage? It can be pretty annoying. Believe it or not, those “shadow singers” can lurk in other places besides the audience. Sometimes they’re standing on stage right behind the soloist!
Intrusion into a person’s solo moment doesn’t pertain only to formal performances. You might be in the middle of telling a story when the other person interrupts to tell theirs. You lose your train of thought and they steal the moment so the focus is on them. It’s as if they stole your mic. It was your turn to “sing” but they “sang with the soloist.”
The Bible instructs, “Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interests of others.”
Different members of the body will be seen more visibly than others. But, the internal parts of the body are what help the external parts look good. No soloist can sing without the help of good lungs and vocal chords. God the Creator has “arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.” Some of us are designed to be seen while others have been created to help others be more visible. Every part is important.
Here’s the reality: The more we polish someone else’s silver, the more they will reflect, and the better we all look. But, most importantly, we will reflect the Lord’s glory as we are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord.
If it’s not your turn to “sing,” give the other person his moment at the mic. You’ll both look good.
- How do you respond when someone else is in the spotlight but you think it should be you?
- What can you do to be more intentional in polishing someone else’s silver?