We all know the type……she or he is the one who just has to be the center of things. She is the one who comes into a room and all heads turn. She knows how to seek attention and gets it for sure! She or he will talk over you and even act like you aren’t there. She will make you feel small and unnoticed and he will even interrupt you as you are speaking. I’ve been there many times. How about you? These types of people make us feel very small.
But we can take comfort in knowing that GOD sees us whether we try to be the center of attention or not……..
GOD ASKS US ALL TO BE HIS AUDIENCE OF ONE.
Are you a humble soul or are you one who seeks attention and desires to steal the limelight? As time goes on, I am one who prefers to be in the background. I do better in a behind the scenes setting. I think as GOD walks with you and convicts your heart, HE uses HIS Sovereign grace to slowly but surely pull you into the background. What I mean is, over time you realize no “thanks” or “good job” is needed, because you know that GOD knows and HE sees your efforts. This is GOD’S special way of making us humble. Honestly, wouldn’t you rather be humble vs. prideful? Last I looked, GOD doesn’t like pride at all.
PROVERBS 16:18 “PRIDE GOES BEFORE DESTRUCTION.”
We can seek attention from others, or we can seek HIS wisdom. We all can sin in the way that we try to do things for our own glory……but what about GOD’S glory? Since GOD sees all and knows what is in our hearts and our motivation, shouldn’t we make it our priority to please just HIM? Shouldn’t we worry about our reputation with GOD rather than with others? Why do we always worry so much about what other people will think of us? What about what GOD thinks?
GOD IS OUR AUDIENCE OF ONE.
If we will accept that HE is all, then what we do, what we say and think will matter for HIM and no one else. We will realize that our sin matters to HIM because HE sees and over time it is our hope that our character and soul will become less sinful. We will want to sin less, because we know GOD is watching over our shoulder. I used to think I could put GOD in a box on a shelf to use HIM for my own wants……..and I was so wrong. GOD “forgive me” for thinking of YOU this way!
PSALM 51:4 “AGAINST YOU, YOU ONLY, HAVE I SINNED.”
Like our earthly fathers, GOD is our Father, our ABBA, our Daddy, our Sovereign lover of our souls. And HE wants us to choose HIM and no one else. HE wants us to live for HIM, and no one else. We should live and strive for HIS love and grace fulfillment, so that we can be capable and authentic in passing those spirit-filled fruits on to others around us who really need it. Let’s serve HIM and HIM only, not for the cudos from other people. We won’t need other’s approval because HE is watching and helps each of us in our journey of becoming more like JESUS. HE wants us to become more…….. HOLY.
OUR AUDIENCE OF ONE DESIRES OUR HEARTS.
GOD WANTS YOU MY FRIEND, BECAUSE HE WOULD RATHER DIE ON A CROSS THAN LIVE WITHOUT YOU. YOUR AUDIENCE OF ONE NEEDS YOU, BECAUSE HE DOESN’T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU. LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED FRIEND, BUT TAKE PURE JOY IN THE FACT THAT HE LOVES YOU THIS MUCH!
JOHN 14;15 – 16 “IF YOU LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS. AND I WILL PRAY THE FATHER, AND HE WILL GIVE YOU ANOTHER HELPER, THAT HE MAY ABIDE WITH YOU FOREVER……”