Audience of One
Over the years I have had virtually every kind of experience as an artist. I have played for packed halls and empty clubs.
I have played on big stages with the top of the line equipment and on the ground with equipment that barely worked. In God's eyes, there are no wasted opportunities, He uses them all for His purposes.
One time we were invited to play at a large festival in Brazil. The local bands were afraid that we would take people away from their shows because we were an international act, so they insisted that we play first.
The venue could hold around 5000 people, but it was empty when we were told to play. Because we were opening the festival, nobody was there when we started. So backstage I told the band that we needed to play with more intensity than if it was a packed house because this show was just going to be for Jesus, He was our audience and we would give Him our best. In an empty auditorium, we did the whole show with everything we had, and it was great.
There are times when God wants to remind us that we are performing for an audience of one. Of course, I love to play in front of large crowds, but ultimately everything I do is first and foremost an act of worship to God alone.
God has given me moments throughout the years that remind me that He is in charge. There is freedom in knowing that he is in control of the size of the crowd or whether there is a response or not.
It is not our responsibility to change people. In the end, it is important to understand that it is God’s supernatural power and not our efforts that change lives. What God asks of us is to offer all we have to Him and leave the results in His hands. There are no wasted moments. Our concert in Brazil was worship to God. I think God will bring moments in your life that will test whether you are willing to play for an audience of one!