What do you do when you are the second person?
Joshua was second to Moses (Joshua 1:6-7). "Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them." Timothy was second to Paul (2 Timothy 1:7). "For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline." Joshua followed the greatest leader in the Old Testament, and Timothy followed the greatest leader in the New Testament. Each was the second person.
What about you?
If God wanted you to be first and _______ to be second, God would have changed your birth order. God put you where you are and when you are for a reason. Accept it.
Second person is not the same as second place. In American football the first person to receive the ball is the quarterback, but the second person to receive the ball usually makes the touch down. Man number two is not second place; he is second person. Don't ever forget this.
God made you second person. Only you can make yourself second place. If you become only half of what God called you to be, then you are making yourself second place to yourself not second place to the man before you. Don't compete against anyone but yourself.
God loves the second person! David was the second king of Israel, but he was first place in every way over Saul, king number one. Isaac was the second son, but was first place over Ishmael. Jacob was the second son after Esau, but first place as the son who loved the Lord. Cain was Adam's first son, but Abel, the second son was first place in righteousness. One of the titles of Jesus is "THE SECOND MAN." "The first man [Adam] is from the earth, earthy: THE SECOND MAN [Jesus] is the Lord from heaven (1 Corinthians 15:47)." Is Jesus second place? No! The Lord Jesus Christ is first in every way.
Get out of the shadow. Put away timidity. Be strong and courageous to do the will of God and obey the Word of God. Don't try to be the man before you; be the man (or woman) God called you to be!
Be second person, not second place.
For me to live is Christ.