I'm married to a man who is most comfortable wandering about in his "blacks" with his black maglite and gerber multitool strapped at his side. He abhors being on a stage unless it has something to do with the set, hanging lights, checking the sound and other technical activities. He prefers to be running sound, running lights, calling cues or just lurking about backstage. He has absolutely no desire to be on stage. He is happy to let others take on that role. Not because he is lazy but simply because he recognizes that they are better suited than he is to be an actor... usually.
Throughout the show, he works tirelessly. He must pay attention to everything that is happening on stage and yet also be aware of what is going on around him. He must not miss a single cue for to do so could put the entire performance into jeopardy. While the audience is aware of what is taking place on stage, they are not aware of what is happening backstage... if the techie has performed their job properly. You're not supposed to notice them. You're supposed to only notice the actors. During the curtain calls, if techies get recognized at all, it is only due to the insistence of the actors. They reluctantly step into the spotlight for a moment before fading away into the darkness of the backstage.
A lot of us don't want to be techies. We want to be center stage. We might say we don't but... most of us do. Although we usually don't see them, come with me and imagine for a moment what the theatre would be like without techies. You arrive at a thousand seat theatre and settle down in your seat a few minutes before the play is about to begin. You wait for the lights to dim only... they do not dim. You hear some scurrying about backstage as one of the actors looks for the switch to the houselights. Whew, someone found the lights. Click. Whoops... those weren't the house lights. Those were the stage lights. Now... let's see. Ah... that's better!
As the entire theatre is plunged into darkness, the actors are trying to find their way onto the stage. There are no running lights, there is no glow tape. The techs were not there to set up the running lights or place the glow tape. There is no one there with a prompt book. There is no one running sound. There is no light poor operator and no stage manager to call cues. There are no stage hands to move set pieces and... oh no... There is no set!
Valiantly, the actors decide to give it their best shot. Since there is no one to run the lightboard, they decide to just simply turn on the stage lights and leave them on. They step out onto the stage but not before playing hide-and-seek with their props. They do their best out on stage but this is a large audience and most of the audience is unable to hear them. I will mercifully close the curtain at this point.
Not all of us can be "on stage" at the same time. Some of us will spend more time on it than others. Some of us have larger roles than others but even the smallest parts/jobs are critical. If they weren't, God would have never included them. He is the Master Playwright! Just as the actors need the techs, the techs need the actors. Who wants to see a play with a beautiful set and great sound but doesn't have any actors?
Some of us may never get on stage or we may rotate. Sometimes we are onstage and sometimes we are backstage... doing tech work.
Within the Body of Christ, God has many roles/jobs for us to do, just like in the physical body. We may think our job is very small and insignificant but I can assure you it is not. God never creates anything which is insignificant. We may think it is insignificant but... what do we know?
Whatever God places in our hands to do, whether it be a leading role or sweeping the stage after a performance, let us do it with all of our hearts as an act of love for our beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.