An Audience of One
Do you like war movies? I will admit that even though they would not be my go-to for enjoyable entertainment, you can not deny the power of a Braveheart or a Gladiator. The moment when someone is ready to lay down their life for a cause greater than themselves, it moves even this romantic-comedy-loving girl.
I have been reading out of Isaiah recently and there is one little line in chapter 8 that somehow created a picture in my mind similar to what I just described. The background first… In verse 12-14, Isaiah says, “Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread.” This is where the idea of living for an audience of one comes from. We should care about what God thinks, not what anyone else thinks – simple as that. A couple of verses later, something intriguing jumped out to me. In verse 18, he says, “Here am I, and the children the Lord has given me. We are signs and symbols…” Now I could stop right there and have a hay day with the idea that we are signs & symbols. Think Revelation 12:11, “They overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Our STORY, our LIVES are signs and symbols of the majesty and power of our God.
But the verse I am really leading up to is vs. 20. Isaiah is telling them not to consult mediums & spiritists. Instead he says, “To the law and to the testimony!” Ok, indulge me for a moment here. I don’t know why, but when I read this, I am picturing Isaiah sitting high on a tall horse with his hand thrust into the air, raising a sword high, Braveheart-style, with thousands of soldiers surrounding him and crying in a loud voice “To the law and to the testimony!” And a rally cry rises from voices near and far. Do you see it? Do you hear it? I mean, there’s an explanation point at the end of the sentence, for crying out loud. And while the words may sound uninspiring at first glance, the explanation point makes me stop and ponder.
To the law – the law at this point in Isaiah’s life is the Word of God, the instructions God had given to the people of Israel. But we all know that ultimately, Jesus becomes the fulfillment of that law. The blood of the lamb becomes the bridge between the Creator and his creation.
To the testimony – the testimony being what he just talked about a few verses earlier…our lives as signs and symbols. It’s the story of grace and forgiveness and hope and freedom that God is writing through each of our lives. There is POWER in these two things and it almost sounds to me like Isaiah is hitting the reset button and telling them to stop looking in other places for their source of peace. When I get off track, I need to hit the reset button and go back to focusing on those two things – the sacrifice of God’s son (the fulfillment of the law) and the faithfulness he has shown to me (my testimony). That is how I try to live for an audience of one.
Some days are tough, girls. We spend too much time listening to voices around us and drowning out the one voice we should be tuned in to. So remember who loved you enough to lay down his life for you. And write down the things he has done for you. Write down the story. And live for an audience of one.
To the law and to the testimony!Lora Batterson is married to Mark, who pastors a vibrant church in the DC metro area called the National Community Church. Together they have 3 beautiful children. She loves living in the heart of Capitol Hill and going out for coffee every day off with her husband. She also thinks that the french toast at Eastern Market is the best in the world. For more, you can follow her on Twitter @lorabatterson.