There's a Phantom in The Church
VIDEO: Don't miss this incredible time-lapse...it's a phantom portal!
Could it be that there’s a phantom behind all the stage props at “Phantom of the Opera?”
That’s the sense you get when you tour backstage, under the stage and all around the stage (seven floors) at The Majestic Theater in New York City.
The longest-running play in Broadway history has some of the most magical, intricate and yes, scary, props that someone will ever witness.
When you mix that with the dramatic organ and popular score, it really makes you wonder why there aren’t at least 20 snafus per show.
The answer: everyone is a specialist. While some actors need to know the parts of four characters, every technician, make-up artist, sound man, costumer each know their part…and they must stick to it. There’s no room for individualism or some desire to showboat.
In fact, the Broadway production doesn’t have one stage manager. It has four! The coordination must be so in-sync that the audience is only captivated by the story - not the mistakes that never seem to happen.
God has purposed that we have that specific of a role. If He gave such a strict script to Jesus (“I can do only what I see My Father doing” John 5:19), can any in the Body of Christ do any differently?
There is no mysterious phantom running around backstage making that opera spin on a dime - just people who are doing exactly what they’ve been told and trained to do.
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: There is a phantom in the church: The Holy Spirit. He leads. When we obey and more than that, relish our roles, God will pack in the audiences.
[Check out the video above for an amazing two-minute summary of how people must work together and specifically follow the design for the production.]
Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it…But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant…Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you...Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Luke 11:28 NASB, Mark 10:43NASB, Hebrews 13:17 NASB ,Matthew 28:19 NASB