Who is your audience?

January 11, 2014

This month's blog entry comes from Radial member Katie Owens.

This past Sunday was a wonderful start to the year. After the fulfilling worship portion of service, Pastor Dustin White thanked everyone for battling the weather to share in God’s Word. He then asked a question… Who is your audience?

Dustin was involved in a spelling bee when he was younger. He was a little nervous, but managed to get up on stage without tripping and repeated the word he was given—ASSOCIATE—without his voice squeaking, and started to spell the word. Then the flustered adolescent started. “A—S—S...” then blank. His mind was overtaken by fear and nervousness. And in the heat of the moment, he ran off stage hoping to never be seen or recognized again. Dustin then shared that many of us have had “stage mishaps” like his in our life.

We then read the passage for the night where Jesus eludes to the notion that our lives are being played out on stage—and He gives caution how to avoid “stage mishaps.”

“Watch out! Don’t do your good deed publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in Heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. [Matthew 6:1-4 NLT]

The first part of the passage hit me hard! It says in verse one; “Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others for you will lose the reward from your Father in Heaven.” Could you imagine? No matter how good of a “Christian” you think you are… what you’ve done… who you’ve helped… or how you’ve helped… if you have the wrong audience, He will take your reward! Your reward will only be empty applause.

Then in verse five, it mentions that the people who are true hypocrites—stage actors who look the part and have the “script” memorized and can fool everyone (even themselves) into thinking they are the “real deal”—but are really just playing pretend on stage. They have received all the reward they will ever get! The passage references this many times.

I don’t see myself as the type of person who does things just to be praised, but in studying and listening to Dustin speak, I realized that my audience is wrong. To do anything should be for God. Then, and only then, will we reap our reward—a reward of value!

So, I close by asking you… who is your audience?

You are sitting at home after a long day at work where you’ve managed to take care of your family, your house, and all the other responsibilities God has blessed you with. Do you think to yourself…”Dang, I’m good”… or do you praise His Holy Name for allowing you to do so?

He is the star and light! Our main focus is Him!

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