I read a blog today about a young lady who is writing a book and receiving a lot of flack for building her “platform” – her own reputation – as she launches this effort. It made me reflect on how much we desire to do something valuable, worthy, significant with our lives... and yet don’t want to be prideful or showy or pushy about it.
I also thought about how God sometimes chooses to put us in the spotlight – as leaders, as writers… and some are given a platform: “popular”, famous, celebrity. Sometimes the status is short-term; sometimes it is a life-style. Praise God for those who represent the Lord on a BIG scale… in ministry, at bookstores, in politics. May He protect them from temptation and criticism, and may He give them energy, health and strength to share love, forgiveness and eternal life with thousands!
And for the rest of us? God has also chosen us and given us a job. It may not be up in front on the platform. It may be behind the scenes, not so flashy, but every bit as important.
I am content today to have had a part the last few years developing materials for our many Campus Crusade ministries in Mexico. None of the materials have my name on them; I earn no royalties and sign no autographs. I spent a lot of time doing boring detail work. But the result is quality resources that encourage and empower others to step out to reach and disciple others with God’s love. Sometimes I get a little feedback, but basically I have no idea how many people will use these materials – and I will never know…
But God knows! I stand on a platform in front of an audience of ONE… and that is good enough for me. I want to give my best to Him and for Him, no matter what I am doing.
And you? Whether you are at home caring for young children, serving in the church kitchen, working in the office, leading others in a Bible study, writing a blog – or speaking to thousands at a conference – do your best for HIM! He is your most important audience, and He is applauding your show!
**Leave me a comment and let me know about your show! I’d love to pray for you!
Leer este artículo me ha sido de mucho ánimo! Gracias!
Gracias, May! Cuándo vas a empezar a escribir tú? 🙂
Yeah great post. Not sure how many movements you have helped launch but I am sure there are many….And our values? Kingdom perspective! Shared leadership! Great job mobilizing thousands for the Kingdom!
Thanks for your constant encouragement!
I can testify, with great assurance, that none of the Lord’s people testifies as if in front of One. Though the Lord is the source and conclusion to this Place of Testing, we dance out our testimony before billions.
We dance before the Lord and His Holy Angels. We dance before the demons and their leader. We dance before the great assembly of those who are now dancing with us. We dance that a legacy will be established in the Name of He who is the MUSIC OF LIFE. And we dance before the unholy throng of billions of men, women, and children of blood.
I used to feel such a horrible sadness that I could not cause more than a feather to flutter with the words of the Lord. Now I revel at the knowledge that I: do not dance alone, and I do not dance for no reason.
May God bless your work with amazingly marvelous peace!
By His Grace.
Thanks for reminding me of this important perspective. Even though my main concern is whether I please my number ONE fan, it is good to remember that others are definitely watching the show. May our lives lead many others to HIM!