When living your Christian life, who is the audience you are performing for?
Are you striving to impress someone? or just to not be thought badly of?
Is your church your audience?
Some inner ideal of whom you should be?
Oh, most of us would never even think that we a performing our life for an audience. We may realize that our children are watching us but not many more. Only if we are singing, playing or preaching might we think about the audience before us. However, everything we do is before an audience.
Colossians 3:23 (ESV) Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
Romans 14:8 (ESV) For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
Romans 12:1 (ESV) I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
So even when are not particularly in front of an audience we are serving the Lord and performing for Him. Does your audience approve of your performance?
This is one of the reasons when sitting in Church you won’t find me clapping after a solo or a piece of music being played. I’m not the audience, God is. I just happen to be performing right along with my prayers and attention for the rightful audience at any church service.