Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well and having a good week.
As you may have read, the title of this article is Live With God As Your Only Audience.
I realize that with more and more social media, we are evermore exposed to the eyes of others and our sense of crowd approval has reached a fever pitch. At some point in my life, I was inclined to this sort of attention, I did things not only to please myself, obviously, but also because I knew that in the end I would receive recognition or applause from people who were looking at me. Over time, I realized that the applause from those around me should not be the reason why I was pursuing and accomplishing my goals.
Being applauded, congratulated are all good things. We are reactive and emotional beings, our sense of connectivity to the next person and the greater society sometimes gives us joy. But living life for the recognition of others can be very dangerous. If you follow the sound of applause all the time, they will point you in the wrong direction. And often this direction is an enabler for many of us who lose our way and identity in Christ. In this direction, you fall victim to a society that is swayed by fleeting appearance, and less on faith and spirituality.
In lame terms, the solution is very simple: Romans 12:2 says to us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world,” rather our will and purpose should always be to pursuit that which is the Kingdom of God. One thing that we have to know is that we will not be able to please everyone, it is impossible to make everyone happy and it is not our job to make everyone happy. And it can get very frustrating, one day the applause will stop, one day the world will no longer agree, and this is absolutely normal because everyone changes. At that time you will feel as if you have lost everything or that you made all these efforts for nothing. If this happened to you, the reasons you were doing things came from bad motives and now you need to re-shift your focus.
Men see appearances but God sees the heart. Men can only applaud you for what they see physically without really knowing how you got there. God not only lives in you but sees in you and « […] the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world » 1 John 4: 4. Now that we know that the one who lives in us The One True God, is greater than the one who is in the world, we should stop falling for just anything and any clapping and keep ourselves from idols. What is of this world is fleeting !! Your reward must come from God, do things to please Him, do things that represent your Royal identity in Christ. Expect to receive applause from God, after all it is He who gives us visions and provisions for the visions. Let’s not forget that to whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48). It is to our God that we are accountable, not to humans. According to what we have done with what was given to us by God, He rewards us. Not the world, because what the world has to give is fleeting. Only what comes from God and what is done for Him will last. Let us not let this world get in the way of us and our God.
Keep running the race of YOUR PURPOSE at the pace of God’s grace.
Songs: So Will I (100 Billion X) – Hillsong United; Raise A Hallelujah – Bethel; Won’t Stop Now – Elevation Worship; Never Would Have Made It – Marvin Sapp