Who Is The Main Character?
Something that has been trending on social media and TikTok is being the "main character." I even used this terminology in my Instagram bio and on my website at one time. Humans crave popularity and attention. We want to be the main character, to leave a legacy, to tell our story. The problem with being the main character in Christianity is that it is utterly impossible. You cannot serve Jesus and serve yourself. If you're striving to be the main character, you're serving yourself. Instead of striving to be the main character, we should strive to be like Jesus. Kindness typically won't win you a seat at the "cool kids table," but faith will land you a seat with the Savior.
Serve others instead of serving yourself.
Serve others first. The main character would serve his or her self first. Don't do this. Serve those around you. Leave a larger tip for your waitress, send your friends an encouraging text, sit with someone new at school or church. Take care of those both in the church and outside of the church.
Bring attention to Jesus instead of trying to be the center of attention.
There are two types of camp counselors: those who want to be the star of the show, and those who want Jesus to be the star of the show. Be the one who brings attention to Jesus. Any outgoing person can be loud, put on a show, and gain approval of the world. Jesus was hated by the world but won approval of the Father. Use your extroverted-ness to make Jesus the center of attention. Worship loudly with your friends, choose worship music for your dance recital, wear a shirt with a Bible verse on it. Preach the gospel of Christ instead of the gospel of self-love. Bring attention to Jesus.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20
Love others first.
Love without limits. The main character is loved more than he or she gives love. Show your Christian love by loving everyone. Jesus loves the outcasts, the sinners, the ones he disagreed with, and he even loves those who hate him. To reach the lost, the first step is to love them.
We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
Let him write your story.
Let God be the author of your story. "To tell you my story is to tell of him" is the attitude that we should have toward the story of our lives. When God writes our story, it becomes a testimony for him instead of a brag book for ourselves. When you tell others your story, include how God has been present. Give your plans to him, after all, he already has a timeless book where he's the main character. Trust him to write your story and live for him.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6
To answer my question: Jesus is the main character. Let him guide you, humble you, and use you for the good of his kingdom. Living for him will yield a much greater reward than living as the main character in this life.
"And he said to all,'If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.'" Luke 9:23