Admonition

Audience of One

” Always remember that your service is to one audience.”

This is a resounding phrase that keeps ringing in my mind. As a human being, it is in our nature to seek human approval; in our dress, our talk, our walk, our work, our time. Literally every aspect of our lives, and when it does not go according to plan, we tend to feel frustrated and discouraged, with extreme cases of plunging into depression and giving up.

I fall victim to this once in a while when I do not get the much needed approval from men that I expect, but I remember that powerful phrase, that my service is to One audience. If Daniel would have decided to please everyone, He wouldn’t have experienced God in the den of lions like he did and the entire system wouldn’t have been transformed by virtue of His integrity.

If Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego would have decided to bow to a false god simply because everyone else was, they would not have been delivered from the fiery furnace. If Esther would have chosen to go with the flow, the God of Justice would not have arisen for her and her countrymen. If Jesus Christ would have succumbed to temptation in the wilderness, all humanity would have been put at stake and salvation would not be in view. If Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa would have decided to wait for mans’ approval, the impact that is being felt to date in their respective countries and across the globe would be nowhere in sight.

A story is told of a child who gave his mother a bill, and on that bill he had written out all of the things he’d done to help her with housework and take care of his little sister; he said his mom should pay him 50 dollars. His mom paid him the 50 dollars and then prepared a bill for him. She included all sorts of things like his birth, the time she’d spent with him when he was sick, teaching him to walk, and praying for him. Everything was listed at zero dollars. Seeing this, the boy felt really ashamed and put the 50 dollars back into his mom’s pocket.

If we make our service for God transactional and expect a reward from men, we miss the point, because as soon as we get a lower reward than we expect, we lower our standards and forget that everything we do here on earth is for One Audience, the rest are details and/ bonuses for remaining faithful to serving this One regardless.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-25.

I love the Message version of it that says, ” Do your best, work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you will be paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that your Ultimate Master you are serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.”

Most people stop serving when they do not get that pat on the back or thumbs up from someone else; your boss, your team lead, your pastor, priest and anyone else in leadership. The litmus test then is, whenever you serve, are you doing so from the heart? Are you confident enough that you will be paid in full ultimately? Are you putting your best foot forward?

We are not called to work for human masters. We are called to work for One Audience, who is Christ alone. If you do not get the likes, the accolades, the follows, the approval you expect from human beings, as long as you are serving from the heart, One Audience matters. Christ, matters and we will be paid in full in the end.

Be encouraged. Your service is not in vain. He is watching, liking, following, subscribing, patting you in the back and in the end, your reward is in wait and it will be paid in full!

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