What audience do you play to? Each day you are seen by many who will make a judgment about the way you handle yourself among different audiences. Politicians have learned to play to their audience, customizing their message for the needs of their particular group. Musicians have learned to play to their audience. Pastors play to their congregations each Sunday morning. Business people play to the audience who will buy their product.
Christ has called us to play to one audience. The audience of Himself. When we seek to please all the other audiences in our life, we become susceptible to situational ethics and motivations based on the need for the moment. Our audience becomes a pawn in our hands because we know what they want. Is that wrong? Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t.
Pure obedience to pleasing God in our lives will often meet the needs of those around us. It is God’s will that you and I love our spouses, provide good services to our customers, and look to the interest of others before ourselves. This will result in meeting many needs of the audiences in our lives.
However, there are other times when our audiences are asking for something contrary to the will of God. Politicians are often forced to appease their audiences, even though it may go against the laws of God. When we are asked to go with the flow, we discover which audience is most important in our lives. Is it the audience of One, or the audience of many?
Today, be aware of which audience you are playing to? Ask yourself why you are taking a particular action? Is it to please the audience of One? Or is it to please the audience of others who might negatively impact you should you not play to their tune?