An Audience of One

Posted: September 2, 2012 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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It’s funny. When I’m preaching, it’s almost as if it’s me on display and somehow that feels wrong. What I’d like people to know is that in a sense, I’m just the worshipper facing in the wrong direction. The message and it’s preparation are my act of worship. I hope it touches heart, I hope it changes lives, etc. and often it feels like it doesn’t. As a matter of fact there have been many times where I’ve felt like turning around, facing in the same direction as everyone else and talking to the wall. When I feel this way, I know I’m out of order. I worship for an audience of One. It’s not my persuasive  words that changes hearts, it’s His Spirit. I offer my best to Him and He works on the receptive hearts. If the hearts are not responsive, the best I can do is pray for them and give my best to God.

It’s the same with all of our acts of worship. When I paint in a service, it’s really easy to let my inner critic take over and tell me it’s not good enough. That’s not my issue either. I’m called to give my best with what I have in the time I have. It’s an act of worship for an audience of the One who knows whether or not I’ve given my best. Whether the people like it is not my primary concern and its ability to touch hearts is not dependent on my ability or the beauty of my work. It’s dependent on the Spirit’s work on receptive hearts.

It’s the same with the music, and everything else we do in worship and life. It’s not about virtuoso talent, it’s about offering our best to an audience of One. The rest is up to Him.

Give God Your Best. Trust Him with the Rest

  1. Lew says:

    David ~ This is wise counsel, thank you. God is indeed the One and Only for whom we work / create / make-art. The reception is indeed the work of His Spirit, not our efforts, and what’s wonderful about that is how liberating it is for us who work as God’s creatives. As you said, all we’re called to do is give God our best, and He will take care of the rest. Thank you for sharing this.

    • amokarts says:

      Thanks Lew, I had a really easy time writiing this post. Unfortunately I have a really hard time living it. I still struggle with wanting to make things happen, rather than just giving my best and trusting God with the rest. I’m still deinitelly a work in progress.
      God bless,

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