Day 17: John 17

When Jesus Dropped the Mic

“Father…I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.  I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.  They do not belong to this world any more than I do.  Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.”

John 17:13-19 (NLT)

My name is Krysta Stock. I am 32 years old, and I had my “Mic Drop” with God when I was 13.

A Mic Drop is a figurative moment at the end of a performance that was particularly impressive, where you could imagine the speaker “dropping the mic.” They’re at the end of movies, speeches, rap music, or everything Yoda or Mr. Miyagi has ever said. I like to think of it as that final piece of advice; the closing statement that everyone will remember.

The book of John chapter 17 was a “Mic Drop” moment for Jesus’s disciples. It is at this time Jesus prays for His friends and instills His final words that confirms their calling. He gives them a purpose they spend the rest of their lives carrying out.

Mine came from kind of a “funny” place.

Barbra Streisand playing Fanny Brice in 1968’s “Funny Girl,” gave me my first “Mic Drop” moment—say what? Who is Fanny Brice? (If you know who she is, we will likely be fast friends.)

Fanny Brice was a performer of the early 1920’s. She was the wrong type of woman for that time: short, long-nosed, a silly looking face. She did not fit the “flapper girl” genre in any way, but she was relentless. She had something special to offer the world, and she never gave up.

At around 13 years old I decided I didn’t look the part of the “leading lady.” I wasn’t the girl who sticks out, but I wanted to be on stage. I loved performing—but was I the girl people wanted to see?

Then came Funny Girl, and the climactic moment when Fanny Brice realizes she doesn’t need anyone telling her she had talent, it only mattered that she was confident in herself. She could be rejected by thousands of people, but it didn’t matter; she was “The Greatest Star.”

Fanny Brice just failed landing another role; she didn’t look like the “other girls,” and wasn’t wanted her for the part. Fanny is left alone in the theater and puts her head to her chest, takes a deep breath, and begins to sing:

“I’m the Greatest Star, I am by far, and no one knows it….that’s why I was born, I’ll blow my horn, till someone blows it…looking down you’ll never see me, try the sky and that’ll be me!”

And away she goes! I didn’t need anyone to validate me but God. If I loved singing, it was for a reason. If I loved acting, it was so I could be an actor. That moment has stayed with me my entire life and influenced who I am today.

Now, scroll back up and read the verses in John 17 again. Jesus was praying for His friends. Before He left to sacrifice His life, He reminded them of who they are and the life they were called to live.

This message has lasted for thousands of years to bring meaning to your life as well; a “Mic Drop” moment to give you guidance, purpose, and direction.

You are not of this world. You are set apart, protected from the enemy. You are given the gift of God’s Word which cleanses us from our fallen world that seeks to pollute our minds.

With that protection, we can face our purpose with confidence, to speak the truth in ways only we can.

John 17 was the disciples’ “Mic Drop” moment. My moment came at 13. I was meant to use that passion to share God’s word through story and song. That was my unique calling.

So, when was you Mic Drop?

Our Prayer:

Father, is my life dedicated to your purposes? What was my “Mic Drop” moment? Remind me. I have a calling, entirely unique to my character and passions. I am meant to share your good news, I am here only to see your name lifted higher than any other name. Challenge me to live this way, remind me of the moment you called me to fight for you. The path has been forged, the line to victory has already been drawn, I simply have to follow it. Show me, teach me, walk with me daily. I forsake this world so I may live only for you. In Jesus name, amen!