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Vol 4 No 29 November 7, 1999

Pleasing God Behind The Scenes


Roger Williams

Have you ever noticed when you watch a movie that you only see a few of the people who had a part in making the movie, i.e. the actors. If you stick around after the movie is over, the screen becomes filled with the names of many others who were important in getting the final product ready: producers, directors, cameramen, make-up artists, editors, etc. However, usually when you think or talk about that movie, you remember the actors, but you usually don't think about how well the make-up person did, or how well the microphone holder did. But all will agree that without these people, the actors would be useless.

Often the success of the instruction and admonition of the Gospel of Christ is attributed solely to the preachers, or teachers, or elders. Whereas, in actuality, there is a great deal of effort "behind the scenes" which must be noted. We can take a quick journey through the Bible and notice some great men of God, but also notice that there were some less noted people "behind the scenes" whose efforts helped to increase the effectiveness of the work of these great men.

In Exodus we're introduced to Moses. We know the great things he did. He delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage. He received and reported the 10 commandment law and others. He recorded all the history and laws of that time for us. In fact, he is so important to God-fearing people that the Old Testament is often referred to as "the law of Moses." But none of this would have happened if it weren't for the efforts of a couple of women: his mother and his sister (Ex 1:22-2:10).

Another great leader in the Bible is Samuel. He was the last and greatest of the Judges. He was the first of the line of King-associated Prophets. He appointed Saul & then David to be King, thus inaugurating the Spiritual Kingdom which would come thorough the family of David in the person of Christ. He was thought of with great respect even after King Saul was appointed. He was also considered then and even now as a "second Moses." But, things would have been very different if not for a woman named Hannah who could not have a child (1 Sam 1:8-1, 19-20).

Also, King Solomon was a great man. He was the last and probably greatest of the kings of United Israel. He expanded the borders of the promised land to the greatest extent. He built the Temple of God, which, after it was destroyed by the Babylonians, was never rebuilt to match it original size and beauty. He recorded a great deal of God's inspiration. Yet his dedication to Jehovah and his great works find their roots in another man: His father David (1 Chron 28:9,20).

Now, you may be thinking, "David really isn't someone you would refer to as being "behind the scenes'." This may be true. He did do many great and notable things. From a very early age, he proved himself a "man after God's own heart" when he killed Goliath and won a victory for the people of God against the Philistines. Shortly after being appointed King, he captured the city of Jerusalem from the Jebusites and dedicated it as a "holy city to God." However, those familiar with David's history will remember that he almost lost all connection with God due to his sins of adultery with a woman named Bathsheba and murder of her husband Uriah (2 Sam 11). This is where another "behind the scenes" person comes in: Nathan (2 Sam 12:1-8; Ps 51).

In the New Testament, we read of other great men. One of these is Peter. He preached the first Gospel sermon on the day of Pentecost. He was also the first to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles. However, don't forget, he might not have even followed the Lord if it wasn't for his brother, Andrew (Jn 1:35-42).

Another great man of the New Testament was Apollos. He is spoken of by Luke in Acts as being "eloquent" and "mighty in the Scriptures." He was highly spoken of by Paul in his first letter to the church at Corinth as the one who did a great deal of follow-up teaching after Paul had taught them fundamentals. However, there was a time when he needed help to get him going in the right direction (Acts 18:25). And that's when we see the work of Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18:26-28).

And let's not forget Timothy. He was the companion and helper of the apostle Paul. Paul even referred to him as his spiritual son. He was so involved with the early spreading of the Gospel that his name is included in many of the New Testament letters. However, he might never have chosen this path if it were not for the efforts of a couple of women (2 Tim1:3-5).

There are also many present-day examples that fit our point. Like parents and grandparents who share their love of God with their children. Also, fellow workers who care enough to teach when opportunities to do so come. And then there are the countless teachers of children who recognize that the minds of the future are being influenced not only by their words, but by every move they make. And then they use that influence to implant godly values to last a lifetime.

We should also remember Christian friends who encourage others by providing a proper relationship-environment in which to feel comfortable. These are brothers and sisters in Christ who care enough to call, or send a card, or just say a kind word when tragedy or even blessed events happen in one another's lives. Simply because one is not the preacher or an elder or a Bible class teacher, doesn't mean they cannot have a great impact for good in the lives of others.


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