We enjoy His Beauty when we apply the gifts He has given us, when we pursue the passions He has put in our hearts. Unfortunately, because of our own sin, with this pursuit we can also feed our idolatry. Let’s talk about how to avoid that.
The phone call came late that Sunday evening, but it was nothing out of the ordinary. This particular elder in my then congregation was making a habit of calling me from wherever in the world he happened to be, every time he was out of town and unable to attend worship.
I really appreciated his efforts.
That was fathers day, more than 12 years ago.
After exchanging greetings, we asked “How was church, today?”
I told him the truth, that it was a very bad Sunday for us. We had two worship services (one in Spanish and the other in English) back to back, with Sunday schools also alternating language. The total attendance was, considering our two services, exactly 17 people. The total giving was a less than $300.00, for both services.
But I also told him that it was a very affirming experience.
“How so?” he inquired.
I proceeded to explain to my brother how God affirmed my call to preach His message to His church in the conditions His providence dictated. Humanly speaking there was not much reason to preach, to pursue my passion for teaching, to apply the gift God has given me to proclaim His truth. However, He made me more sensitive to His presence. I know He was there, among us. I also knew that fame and recognition were not the main motivation for me. It was Him. It was His presence. It was the possibility that maybe, if it pleased Him, He once again may had visited us there and then.
It is easier to enjoy His Beauty when the distractions of human success and responses are remove and He allows us to know and embrace Him, the Audience of One. When we find ourselves driven by the desire to imitate Him, the desire of giving ourselves away in a generous manner, even when everything around us may be saying is a lost cause, then you can be sure you are being transformed radically by His Beauty.
Don’t be distracted by the noise of the crowd, by the intoxicating effect of popularity and recognition. Enjoy His Beauty because He is there, and He is acting in and through you.
Consider this questions: What is the biggest obstacle between you and the Audience of One, when serving others pursuing your passion? Invest a few days thinking about the answer to this questions and, then, let’s make a plan to remove those distractions. Please, let me know if there is anything I can do to help. And, of course, feel free to share your experience using the comment section below, for the benefit of others.
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.