To Be a Real Player

In December ago I watched a Christmas concert video where one of the performer is my little foster sister, Sandra. I  very impressed and proud to see him sitting in  the front of grand piano playing a classical Christmas repertoire accompanied by an orchestra. Elegantly her fingers danced swiftly on the piano keys. While I watched Sandra on the stage, I remembered when she was under 17, I often took her to watch music concerts. She was interested in music especially classical music. I still remember when we were watching a concert, I whispered to her, “Someday you’re not only sit as audience but you must sit on the stage as a player” she replied firmly, “Yes! I must…!”

Now Sandra has proven her words a few years ago, now she has moved from the viewer to be the real player. Sandra is in the right position according to her life passion. She once said, “I’m truly believe that what I chose is a call! God’s call! And I have to fulfilled His call to get into the music world to glorify His name and I wanted God make me a blessing”

My dear readers, through Sandra’s story, I want to ask all of us to reflect something important in Christian life. In our spiritual life, as Christian, Where is our position now? Are we in the position as audience or player? Do we have longing and passion to become a real doer of God’s word bring salt and light through our own call? Do we only accept God’s blessing for ourselves without any longing to share God’s Blessing and be a blessing to others? Sadly, in our daily lives, there’s fact that many Christians are only satisfied to sit as audience rather than active take a role directly doing the God’s word. They have hundreds of reasons to refuse if invited to participate in doing God’s work through Christian ministry. Feel incapable, have no time, busy working, shame, and many other reasons that obstruct them to be real doers of God’s word.

I think of one thing, how we can declare God’s light to the world if many Christians become a passive Christian and just being audience and enjoy God’s blessings? Then what about the great commission that ordered by Jesus? Can we fulfills Jesus’ command that we have to

“go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you… (Matthew 28:18-20) whether only a few people are burdened to accept God’s call to serve Him? No! God doesn’t call only few people but all of us who believe in Him. We all are the chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and we all are God’s special possession… (1 Peter 2:9)  

My beloved friends, allow me to interpret that verse word by word. “Nation” Nation means the whole people who believe in God and called as God’s child. The word of Nation don’t refer to the certain individuals or groups. Next, “the chosen people” it means not only me or you but the entire people who lives in God have a great honor for being chosen by God. Further, “a royal priesthood” Royal priesthood is a title given by God to us. It means in the eye of God we all are priests who serve the King. God gave us that title with one purpose, namely to call us to proclaim God’s great deed actively through testimonies of His work in our lives and eventually the all of nations become His disciples. Imagine how ridiculous if someone who has title as the “Royal Priesthood” or priests who serve the king just sat watching from distance without doing anything. So Let us always remember our Identity. We’re honorable people because God chose us, we are the royal priesthood that called to carry out God’s duties and command.

Now, what if we already have longing to fulfill God’s call and decided not just as an audience but take real actions to do what commanded in Matthew 28:18-20 but we feel don’t have enough ability to take a part in ministry. Well, honestly these things often become a reason and obstacle when we want to start serving God. My beloved readers, actually God has given us different gift and at least there is one gift that we can use to server God and others. It’s written in 1 Peter 4:10,

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

So I think there’s no reason for us not serve God just because we feel have no ability. God has prepared us with certain ability. Therefore, let us use the gift from God to play a role serve Him and others.

 Another obstacle is, many people in their first step already afraid and worry will get many difficulties and problems. Actually, I must admit, based on my own experience, being involved in a ministry isn’t easy. We will find many problems. But…! There’s one thing that we have to know, Please know this, when God ask us to do His Command, in fact, He already preparing us so we’re able to carry out His duties.  God also has provided all things we need.  Let’s take a look to this verses,

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. (Luke 10:19)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

See, God already gives us power to make us able to be Christ’s witnesses wherever we are even to the ends of the earth. Moreover, God not only gives us power but He also promises to always be with us wherever we go. He promises,

I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”(Genesis 28:15)

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

Besides being with us, when we’re in trouble God also always gives us comfort. He said,

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

My beloved readers, at the end of this post I invite all of us to reflect on one thing. As a chosen people who was given the title of royal Priesthood, where is our position now? Have we done the great message that has been given to us?have we pick up the cross and proclaim the truth of God’s word to people who don’t know God? In this early year, please allow me to challenge all of us to take a real action to fulfill God’s call to serve Him. Fulfilling God’s call and serve Him doesn’t always have to be a pastor, church worker, or other position in the church but can be done in accordance with our own gift and where we are. A simple example, if we are in the office and we have gift to encourage, let’s give encouragement to those in need.

Let’s prepare ourselves to get involved in God’s work. Stop doing nothing. Please remember what Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37) There are so many people need to be saved out there but none of that will happen if only a few people are burdened to proclaim the message of salvation from God and the great commission that written in Matthew 28:18-20 will not be fulfilled. Jesus reminds that we are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14) And because we are the light Jesus also asking us: “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16) But once again, the light will not shine and be seen by others if we just keep silent don’t do something so that the light shines.

If now my little foster sister, Sandra, is able to show how beautiful the music works of Mozart, this is the right moment for all of us to begin take concrete actions to show how great God’s work in this world and how beautiful God’s love for this world.  Let the title of the royal priesthood not just a designation but can be accounted for through our concrete actions as ambassadors the Kingdom of God. It’s time for us to go out of the box, time to play our part on the stage of Christian ministry, time to go and do something real. Are we ready? Amen.

Karina – Living by faith

Thank you very much to Sister Lisa Blair at https://lisasdailyinspirations.com/

Image source: gracecalvarychapel.org

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76 thoughts on “To Be a Real Player

  1. Hi Karina, this is a great message. With so many Christians in the world there is no reason we are not the force of change. We all must pick up the Cross and proclaim the Good Word, Salvation is ours through Jesus Christ. During Christ’s life, many feared stepping out, excuses abounded, Moses, His disciples and others along the way. If they failed to accept the call, Christianity may have resulted in nothing more than historical fact.

    Today, many are accepting the call knowing that it will result in their death, like Myanma where Pastor Tim N had been Kidnapped for spreading God’s Word . However, for the vast majority of us, it is not a physical life or death situation and yet we remain complacent. Thanks for challenging us all.

    • Dear, sister Lisa.
      I am very interested with your word, “We all must pick up the Cross and proclaim the Good word…” I’m considering will add your word to the paragraph of my post. It’s important word that I have missed. Thank you very much for your great response, sister. All of your words are true. Thank you and God Bless.

  2. Thank you for this excellent post, Karina. We must all do as you have said here and perform the work we are called to. The Lord has blessed each of us with gifts. We must discover and develop them. I have been encouraging this for many years. Be blessed my good friend.

  3. A wonderful analogy with your sister and her music. We’ve all been gifted uniquely–the challenge is to discover it, own it, and use it with joy to honor God. Well said, my friend. Thanks for the encouragement.

  4. Hi, Karina. I’ve badly missed your refreshing messages. I was busy, away from the media for a while. This post is a cool stream of life and encouragement and the best thing to find being back.

    Thanks for reaching out to us!

  5. Karina – Thank you for your support and your wonderful message. Very good use of Scripture to support your message that all of us should be active in witnessing for our faith, and the Lord will strengthen us and give us the words to say. Bless you!

  6. Hi, Karina!
    Thank you for this early-year challenge! I think it’s difficult for us as senior citizens to imagine ourselves making a difference in this world. I’ve always thought it’s funny (in a serious sort of way) that God often uses the little things we don’t even know we’re doing — in order to bring a little hope or joy or sense of being ‘seen’ into another person’s life. We can’t all perform Mozart on a concert stage, but we can choose to reach out in what might seem to be unimportant ways–and it does make a difference. I know, because others have done the same for me! 🙂

    • Dear, sister Elouise
      You are welcome, sister. i thank you for your thoughtful comment on my post. Yes you’re so true that God often uses the little things from us to bring joy and hope into another around us. Thank you very much for your lovely response, sister. Happy weekend and God Bless.

  7. This is the story of all of the religions I think. Not only Christians……but the muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Jains,…(blah,blah,blah)…. All of them are on the same track….
    But I think everyone can’t be a player and it shouldn’t be either…. Because the audience is much important part of the Creator’s play……. Only he becomes the player, whom the Almighty himself makes…. Nothing can be done with a human being’s effort……
    Whatever is happening or going on in the world, it continues because the God wants!!…🙂🙂
    Nice post by the way!!!..👏👏

  8. “Have we done the great message that has been given to us?”

    I really enjoyed the way you constructed this sentence, for the message is an ACTION to be done, not simply a word to be shared. Great post, Karina.

  9. Hello Karina, thank you for your post. I am new to this walk. I am learning so much and convicted in the ways that I need to change. I was made new, but I am still dealing with the consequences of my past. I just started my blog and invite you to check out my testimony. A Broken Identity. Thank you for your message and have a wonderful and blessed day.

    • Hello, Phillip
      Yes I will definitely to visit your blog and read your posts. I do believe I could learn something good there. Thank you very much for visiting my blog and read my post. God Bless.

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  11. A wonderful, inspiring post, Karina! How wonderful it is when a Christian begins to move faithfully in his/her gifts, to bring the blessing to this world that Daddy God intended! You must be so proud of Sandra 🙂 Thank you for faithfully encouraging others!

  12. Amen-Amein Sister in Christ Jesus-Yeshua Karina!! God Bless you Sister in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and Your Family members and Friends!!

    May our ONE TRUE GOD THE HEAVENLY FATHER who art in Heaven Above Bless all my Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and my Messianic Jewish Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and my Devout Jewish Sisters and Brothers and Your Families and Friends!!

    Our ONE True GOD’S LOVE 💖💕 is ETERNAL THROUGH HIS SON Christ-MESSIAH Jesus-Yeshua for Today and Everyday Forevermore Everyone!!

    I Love you all Everyone through Christ Jesus-Yeshua, because HE LOVED 💜💕 EVERYONE FIRST!!

    Love 💕 Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

  13. Hi Karina, It’s been a few years since I’ve addressed you directly. I remember because my wife’s mom was from Singapore, so I felt some sort of connection. In any case, I have a non-blog query about a business I’ve started. We are trying to source bamboo steamers and wondered if you had any connections. If you feel comfortable, you can write me at theashcraftsgt@yahoo.com Here’s the link, but I’m not sure if you’ll be able to see it because we are starting out in U.S. sales only . https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=me%3DA1C42Q4Q9FDOXW&field-keywords=bamboo+steamer
    If you can’t see it, then you can find us here http://cuisinenatural.com
    Blessings! Mike Ashcraft

  14. Hi Karina,
    Based on my experience, I didn’t get a desire to serve until God worked on me. When He began to remove some of my flaws I develop a strong love for more of Him.
    He taught me how to love myself first THEN He put a compassion spirit in me to love others.
    We can minister everywhere.
    It’s almost impossible to not tell others how good He is and what He has done for me.
    And you are right if God wants you to serve a certain way He will give you the power and courage to do it.
    I never thought in my life I would be preacing but our Pastor seen something in me and I just followed his lead.
    Great post!

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