July 24th, 2018 — IGNITE

So how do you perform? I mean, does it make a difference how you do things based upon who’s watching? For some people it does.

I remember a guy I used to work with. I thought he was a terrible worker because he never really did anything unless the boss came strolling through our area. Then he was up on his feet, lickety split, impressing the boss with his diligence and hard work. Of course it was all fake. I think our boss knew it, but just never did anything about it.

So, does it make any difference how you do, what you do, whether others are watching or not? If someone is watching, let’s say your boss, do you put a little more effort into it, so as to impress him/her?

I learned a good many years ago that I play to an audience of One. There’s really only One who’s watching me, and is watching me all the time, and I don’t have to try to impress Him. As a matter of fact, I can’t impress Him. But still He loves watching me anyway.

I’ve had the privilege and opportunity to preach before thousands, and lead worship for a crowd. I’ve also preached before a handful and sang for one. In the end, it wasn’t about how many noticed… or how many were watching… or did they appreciate what I was doing… or would I get complimented, but knowing there was One who I wanted to bring glory to.

I’ll have to be honest with you… there have been times and still are times when I catch myself trying to impress somebody… trying to be noticed… trying to be recognized. It doesn’t take as long for me anymore to catch myself and remember there’s One I’m living for.

Why do I share all of this with you? Because this is what I read in the Word today. Here’s what Jesus said…
“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight.” Luke 12:35

Let me see if I can paraphrase that for you to try to apply it to our lives today…
Be the kind of person who never needs to be told to be ready, because you always live in that condition.

It’s easy for us to say we’re Christians, but take that one topic… that one person… that one moment in our past and we no longer are ready for much of anything, especially letting the light of Jesus shine through us for people to see.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Bottom line… we all play to an audience of One. God is always watching us. We don’t have to try to impress Him. Because of Jesus in our lives – He’s already impressed. He wants us to stay in state of being all the time. He want us to be the kind of people who don’t need to be told to be ready, because we are!

I always want to be ready. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen