LIVING FOR THE AUDIENCE OF ONE!
We need to live our lives for the audience of ONE. Christ-like humility can really test our heart motive for doing things. Are we motivated in doing things to be seen of men or are we living our lives for the audience of ONE? There is coming a wave of the Holy Spirit where those who can really understand what it is to live for the audience of ONE, will be greatly used of God.
Notice Jesus words in Matthew 6: 1-4 “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. …But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. Jesus mentions the same concept about prayer (vs 5-8) and fasting (vs 16-18).
Giving, prayer, fasting and ministry are all good things. But it comes down to one thing what is the heart motive behind doing these things? Is it to be seen or because you are living your life for the audience of ONE? Your motive can make all the difference whether it is a dead religious work or something that literally will bring Jesus in our midst and change nations.
Jesus said “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor” (John 12:26). What will happen if we follow Him in order to be where He is and to do what He’s doing? This is where many miss it. Many follow Jesus and are doing “good works.” They look good to others. They appear busy! God is not asking just for good works. He desires that we do His work, be where He is, and do what He is doing. There is a major difference between looking good while doing good works and actually doing God’s work. Many times pride will cause us to do good, religious works, in order to get noticed by people, like the religious leaders of Jesus day. However these works have little impact on eternity. We need to cease from doing things just to be seen by people.
One thing I have noticed over the years in ministry is when we do good things just to be seen of men, many times we can miss out on what the Holy Spirit is wanting us to do. It is in this place that people become resistant to the Holy Spirit. I have noticed if we follow the Holy Spirit’s leading, then He shows up with great miracles, signs, and wonders that take things to a whole new level. This does not happen if we are doing good things just to be seen by men.
Notice the final results, “…Him My father will honor.” The Father exalts, promotes, and honors. He doesn’t do it for those who are giving up things for the sake of giving up things or to look good before others.
To sum it all up make decisions based on the audience of the ONE and ONLY: JESUS CHRIST. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).