Someone Behind

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Few days ago my husband and I watched again a Christian music concert which was held by Rose of Sharon Church in which one of the singers is my blog friend, Sella Irene. I was really impressed, amazed, and so blessed by their performances. They have a very beautiful voice and incredible musicians as well. I said to my husband, “They are all really impressive!” My Husband replied, “Yes, they are! But please do not forget to those people who are behind them on the stage. I think they also have a very important role in that concert. They have an amazing stage director, very skilled sound engineer, and there are many more people who are very supportive of their performances. Without them all, I guess they could not perform very well. My husband’s answer makes me thinking. Yes, I forget that there are a lot of people behind them who very influential for the success of their performances. In reality, they often miss from our attention. We more focused to those people on the stage.
I remembered one of Jesus’ disciples. Andrew. Andrew was the first Jesus’ disciple. Although he was one of the disciples of the Lord Jesus, but his name is not as famous as Peter, James, Paul, or John, who were said to be the people who are in the inner circle of Jesus’ closest disciples. If I liken Paul, John, and Simon Peter is the main actor in a movie, then Andrew is like a supporting actor which not too stands out and not gives a big impact. However, it does not mean Andrew is not important. Many things have been done that we do not realize because he was a lot of work behind the screens. Let’s dig up what the important things that he did.

 

The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter). (John 1: 41-42)

 
Let’s pay attention to the word “And he brought him to Jesus.” It was Andrew’s first response when he met Jesus. Andrew was the first person who tells to Peter. At that time, without Andrew’s presence, Simon probably would not meet Jesus. Without the role of Andrew, Probably there is no Simon’s name in the list of disciples of Jesus. We all know that the later Simon Peter became a great apostle. But the important thing is, it all would not have happened if Andrew not brought Peter to Jesus. The interesting thing is, even though he is not as famous as his brother, he did not even include three closest disciples of Jesus, Andrew really did not concerned it at all. With joy and humbly he continued his task.
Another important thing that Andrew did is, when Jesus fed 5000 people. At that time Jesus gave preaching to the thousands people. Then Jesus said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”(John 6:5) then “Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little” (John 6:7). Let’s see Andrew’s reaction at that time.

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:8-9)

See? Once again Andrew bring someone came to Jesus. I am sure, at that time Andrew also knows that the food brought by the boy would not be enough to feed about 5000 people. But he still brought that child to Jesus. What happens next? Through the child, a miracle happens. Jesus fed 5000 people only from five loaves and two fishes. This story shows that Andrew is a very caring person. He brought the children to Jesus to be used in the service of the Lord Jesus and the food problem finished. That is Andrew. An apostle was not famous who work behind the screens. Almost never come forth like Paul, John or his brother Simon Peter. But in fact he is a caring person who brought many people to God.

 
There was a Sunday school teacher named Edward Kimball. Who is he? He is just an ordinary Sunday school teacher. But through Edward there was a boy who believed and accepted God as his savior and later on this boy became a very famous and great preacher and evangelist. The boy is. Dwight L.Moody. Through his ministry Moody can make a lot of people in England and America repented. And through Moody’s sermon, a young pastor named Frederic Brotherton Meyer changing his ministry and decided to become an evangelist like Moody. “If you are not willing to give up everything for Christ, are you willing to be made willing?” This was what Meyer said in his preaching, and these words make J. Wilbur Chapman responded God’s call in his life. Later on Chapman become one of the most effective evangelists. Billy Sunday a baseball player, a volunteer in Chapman Ministry eventually took over Chapman’s ministry and become one of the most dynamic evangelists of this century. Billy Sunday’s preaching brought thousands to Christ. Then this evangelism chain finally up on the great name: Billy Graham. Through Billy Graham million people in the world repented and accept God as their savior. If we look carefully to this chronology, it all begins from someone named Edward Kimball. An ordinary Sunday school teacher but through him many people brought to God and make many great names in the evangelism world.

 
My dear friends, what about us in our daily lives? Wherever we are, in the office, church or else, whether we also pay attention to those people who work behind the screens? Are we appreciate and honor them same as those who always come forth on “the stage”? Through this post I would like to ask you to change our mindset to not always focus on who we see on “the stage” Lets always remember that behind their successful there are so many people behind them. If we look and hear a touching and powerful preaching in the church, do not just look to the pastor but please remember that there are people behind them. It may be husband/wife and their children who always give a big support to their ministry. Their roles are really important as well. Let’s always remember that God can use anyone for His Kingdom works even they are not always come forth and unknown to many people. Do not belittle to those people who work behind the screens because sometimes actually we have to learn a lot from them. They are the God’s invisible tools, but so worthwhile. Do not underestimate to those people who work around us which is seem trivial.
And otherwise, for us who always work behind the screens wherever we are, we might not do many great things, and maybe people do not see our work at all, maybe even people underestimate our work, this time I encourage to not be desperate and discouraged. We could learn from Andrew story. We May not do something great but please believe, what we are doing it may be the beginning of great things that will be happen later. I encourage you to always believe and trust that God can use any little thing to declare His power and glory. Probably Simon Peter will not be a great apostle without Andrew. We may not know D.L. Moody without Edward Kimball’s role. Whatever we do, do it with wholeheartedly, faithful, full of diligence, and is only intended for the glory of God. Amen.

 

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, (Colossians 3:23)

Karina-Living by Faith
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54 thoughts on “Someone Behind

  1. Karina – (((hug))) (((hug))) (((hug))) – beautiful!

    How many “pebbles” have been gently plopped for God doing the dishes, sweeping a floor, driving someone somewhere, lifting boxes … One pebble – many ripples. Every pebble of God – every ripple God doing what God does. Dishes, big stage, one other dishwasher, thousands in an audience – God doesn’t keep count like we keep count.

    You have just given me some very happy dancing feet!! Thank you!!

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    • Dear brother Paul. .
      Woow! Your comment very great. Thank you so much for always gave me great comment. It means a lot for me for my spiritual maturity. Thank you. Have a great day to you 🙂 (((hugs)))

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  2. Dear Karina,
    Your soul pours out such beautiful love for Christ that it spills over into these words you write for the world to find. I love how you notice the small things that are beautifully part of a His plan… even those “behind” the scenes.

    May your day be filled with many blessings,
    Heather
    40YearWanderer.com

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  3. Amen Karina. It’s encouraging to be reminded of the important role we all have in Christ. We’re all a part of the body of Christ and there are no jobs that aren’t important when done unto The Lord and that will give Him glory! Awesome post Karina!

    Be Blessed!

    LaTrice

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  4. Hi… i surprised read this post. There are 2 things that made me surprise. First, thank you for mentioned my name and my church. Second, yesterday morning on Sunday service, our preacher named Leonardo Sjamsuri preached about Andrew and now i am writing about Andrew too. How amazing our God. He speaks the same thing to us 🙂

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    • Hello sis.
      You are welcome. I really enjoyed and felt so blessed watched your concert though I could not understand all songs there..:) oh I can’t wait to read your writing about Andrew. Have blessed evening. .

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  5. So true, we need to be secured in who we are in Christ, not in “roles”. We are all children of God, co-labouring in Christ to build our heavenly Father’s kingdom. Thanks for the lovely thought Karina! Blessings to you & your husband 🙂

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  6. Amen, Karina! Such a beautifully written, well thought-out post! God’s Truth eminates through your writing, dear sister in Christ. Like Sue C. above, 1 Corinthians 12:18-27 comes immediately to my mind:

    “But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

    How beautifully you expressed the importance of understanding this, Karina! I think it speaks to our pride issues, which we can easily get caught up in as the spotlight remains on us. But God has His light on every one of us in the body, and a special purpose for those in front of and behind the curtain. Thank you for so eloquently reminding us of this! May God continue to anoint your writing, dear Sister!

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    • Dear Sister in Christ. ..
      Amen! What a lovely comment. Thank you very much for this beautiful and encouraging comment also the wonderful Bible verses. Just thinking I want put some part of your comment to my post. Later I will read again in which paragraph I could put it. Once again, thank you so much for your great comment. Many love and blessings to you. Have a great day 🙂

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  8. Thank you Karina that was a wonderful message , it’s Truth we see much more than once confirmed in the Scriptures, some of us will plant some will water and God will harvest, all glory goes to Him because He equips us, motivates and empowers us as we seek Him.

    1 Corinthians 3:6-8 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

    I appreciated what ncduhalde shared about the Body of Christ, it’s Truth is very important for each of us, we are Jesus’ arms , hands, feet and voice, to Minister to each other than reach out to a hurting World.

    You Husband Karina has much wisdom, a man to be respected, how blessed you both are to have each other.

    Christian Love Always – Anne

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    • Dear Sis Anne

      Thank you so much for your Bible verses. as you appreciated ncduhalde comment, I also always appreciate every single comment of you 🙂 I always got something valuable from your comment.

      🙂 About my husband, He is one of the greatest gift from God to my life. I have learned so much about many things from Him 🙂

      Sis, thank you very much for you lovely comment. Have a blessed day to you 🙂

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  9. I had a busy week last week and was not able to read or write anything. So this week I am going through what I missed.
    This is an amazing post Karina! I enjoyed what you shared about Andrew. So very true and insightful. Great post!
    Rolain

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  11. This is so true, Karina. Think of how many supporters the apostles had, both men and women, who helped them with their needs so they could go forth and spread the word of God. Every “job” in the work of the gospel is important, and is seen and appreciated by the Father!

    ~Steve

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    • Thank you for reading this post. It was inspired by seeing those who so proud with everything that they did and they forget that there are many people behind them who always supporting their work. The most important thing is there is God who enabled us to do everything we want. Without God we are nothing. Blessings on you day, brother in Christ, Steve.

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      • Ephesians 3:20

        “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us…”

        I like this verse because it tells us of the greatness of God’s power, and how He can and does make it work within us.

        Of course we can do nothing without Him. We were “dust of the earth” before He created man, and then woman from man’s rib.

        Pretty humbling when we think of it. Have a wonderful day!

        ~Steve

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          • I am so sorry I missed this comment, Karina! I am happy to send you my email address and welcome any and all discussions you may want to have!

            ~Steve 🙂

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          • I tried your “link,” but it didn’t go through. My email address is: “The_True_Light@gmx.com” Please try it and let me know if you can get through…

            ~Steve

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  12. This is such an important lesson. Most of us — at least in Western culture — want to be center stage. We are disappointed by any lesser role. Yet God alone has a full understanding of what that role may involve. God bless you, Karina.

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    • Dear sister, Anna.
      Thank you for reading, sis 🙂 I think not just in the western culture everyone want to be center stage. In the eastern culture applied the same thing. Once again thank you for the lovely comment, sis. Blessings and have great day.

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