Play Your Part
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ."
Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV)
What part—large or small—is the Lord asking you to play in the places where He has planted you? Do you know the role you are to take? Are you fighting against it? Do you find it difficult?
Why might playing your part in these places be so hard for you? Is it because in some of them, you were expecting to be the star, but you’ve found that you were called to be the supporting cast? Is it because in some of those spheres, it meant you were going to have to be hurt in order to prove how much God is a healer? Is it because in denying yourself, God wants the world to see that He is the one who supplies all your need?
What is so hard about having to give up some things, or walk away from some things, or think less about some things, or not love some things at the same level that you ought to love God? What can you ever possess that, if God required it, would be too hard for you to give up so that you could have exactly what God is designing for you?
How important is it that you surrender to doing your part? Would it change your perspective to know that your part is attached to redemptive and salvific plans that help to create uncluttered space for Jesus to work in?
All I’m trying to tell you is this: play your part. Somebody else’s role won’t fit you. Only yours.
The only way you advance your life is to accept your calling, to appropriate your gifts, and then to spend your life playing your part. Epictetus was wise in saying, “Remember, you are an actor in a drama of such sort as the Author chooses…. For this is your business—to act well the given part.”
God has a role for each one of us to play. He gives gifts to each of us to do it faithfully and to make a difference and to share and spread His glory. Part of the excitement ought to be in the fact that God even chose us to play a part in His divine drama, that He’s equipped us to do it in order to make a difference in this world.
So live with gratitude, master your lines, find your place on stage, and play your part.