An Audience Of One
This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.
Matthew 3:17 (KJV)
'The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him' (John 8:29).
As performers, we strive to please our agents, casting directors, and audiences. We crave a spotlight like others crave air. We seek applause like others seek love. Our creativity begs to jump on a platform and sing, dance, speak, or pose! Something inside of us says, 'Watch what I can do!'
God not only gave us our gifts and talents, but He placed the desire to perform within us. He knows we need to 'show off,' because He made us this way. However, as we grow up in Christ, we mature from children on parade showing 'me, me, me,' to adults in Christ reflecting 'He, He, He'--in all His glory.
Therein are stars for God fulfilling their destinies.
But today Hollywood is dominated by wandering stars--stars who have not yet discovered Who gave them their gifts, nor for what purpose. These celebrities are compulsive people pleasers on a stage they don't understand. It's like Showtime at the Apollo: grand and terrifying.
In winning, they face temptations without the Spirit to guide them. As the Apostle John says, 'They loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God' (John 12:43).
God's stars have a mission. 'We have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God Who examines our hearts' (1 Thessalonians 2:4). We know our job. We see our field. We know Who gave us beauty or talent, and we know why. So we perform!
Though millions may watch us, we seek the approval from an Audience of One.