Performers take the stage and hope that when they look out across the theater every seat is filled. They love a sold-out event. A packed house means they’re well loved.
How would a rock star feel if he walked out on the stage and there was only one seat occupied? Would he continue the show as planned or walk off the stage in frustration? Would he question his talent, wonder if he was in the wrong career?
Sometimes we feel called to do a certain thing. We know we have been equipped by God to do it and we are excited to begin. We want to be faithful to the calling we have received. But what happens when we put out our very best effort and no one notices? How do we feel when we work so hard but see very little tangible evidence that what we are doing is making a difference?
This is when we must remember that we don’t need a full house to give it our all. All we need is an audience of One.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.
Ephesians 6:7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.
From backstage you can hear the crowd. The anticipation grows as you stand behind the curtain. As the curtain rises and you start to sing you see the crowd begin to thin. Groups of two and three begin to leave their seats until it appears there will be no one left. Then you see Him sitting all by Himself and you remember His promise to never leave you. Your audience of One. Will you still keep singing?