Daily Bible Inspirations

No Wasted Characters

by John Michalak

Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to my Father.

John 14:12

Superior storytelling, whether in books, television, or movies, usually has this distinct trait—there are no wasted characters.

In the original Star Wars movie, for example, the lead characters—Luke, Laura, Han Solo, Darth Vader—of course, are compelling to watch.

But, every other character we see is also interesting—whether it’s the ominous storm troopers, the curious aliens in the bar, the devoted droids, the fierce sand people, the industrious Jawas—every character, no matter how briefly seen, no matter how small, is still entertaining and memorable. Every character in the story has a significant part to play.

As the lead character in creation’s story, Jesus has a most significant role. But, He says, the works that He did while on earth, you will do, too. Do you believe that? Or do you think you’re just a minor character, with no purpose but to remain a faceless extra behind the scenes of life?

As a superior storyteller, God writes a story where no character is wasted. What a waste it would be if you didn’t stand up and play your part.