“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters … It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23,24).
The audience gathers eagerly. The eighth grade band students are dressed in their best, behind stage, nervously waiting for each of their names to be called for a solo performance.
Like contestants on The Voice, they’ll be on stage all by themselves, under the lights, and judges will issue a score.
Amber has prepared for this, but still feels her nerves fluttering, and paces back and forth until she hears her name. The curtains open and for a split second she considers turning around and running. She can’t do this. She’s going to make a mistake.
But she nervously takes center stage, and raises her violin.
As she begins, she sees in the audience the smiling, approving face of her mother—no judgment, no fear, just a bunch of mom-pride and eager excitement for the best performance in the world.
And that’s what Amber does, performs her best in the world. Her mom was her audience of one, and when Amber saw her it changed everything.
Serve Jesus as your audience of One in whatever you do.
In mercy he forgives you of everything and smiles approvingly at everything you do for him—no judgment, no fear, just a bunch of heavenly pride and eager excitement for your best performance in the world.
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, you are my audience of One. May your delight in me make my disappointment in myself disappear. May your eager expectation, without judgment, help me believe that I can do so much more, so much better because your saving grace changes everything. Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: Read Romans 12:1-8. What else does the Bible teach about your service to Jesus? List at least two key truths.