To You, for You, Forever Amen

  1. Mattew 6:1 The Msg – Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theatre, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.
This is really a tough verse to swallow. And it’s not a nice feeling to know if my earthly father is not proud of what I do even if the rest of the world approves. And same goes to my heavenly Father. Dad reminds me of how my Heavenly Father loves me.

The Orpheum - Madison, Wisconsin

Actually both my parents never ever look at performance. They don’t look at how many A’s I am able to score. What they are more concern about is that I have put my very best effort and have given my best, and that’s enough.

Whenever I do my ‘acts of righteousness’ as a performance to score high marks in other ppl’s books, sure ill be popular in other ppl’s eyes but the thought of my Heavenly Father not approving what I did, it sickens me. 

Who is My Audience?

To me, being a disciple of Christ is not about performance. Our relationship with Him is not determined by how well I sing, how well I paint, how well I achieve in my studies. All of those does not determine how close I am with my Father. I do not earn me brownie points either.


I came to understand that the audience I pick is very important. The moment men become the audience of which I do my acts for, the things I do will be inclined towards what will satisfy them, or what they would consider as good.

And because men’s desires are not pure, what comes out from me, in the long run, would be actions that are driven by the acts that are deemed good by society (Money, fame, fortune, big house, climbing up the social ladder etc.)

On the contrary, when my audience is God and He alone, He becomes my desire to please. My actions and what I do will be driven towards pleasing Him alone. And because what He loves is pure, right and just, what comes out form me will be anchored in that same principle.

Proving myself

Sometimes I say it’s for the glory of God but somewhere in the corner of my heart even at 1% is to crave the approval of men and the crave to know that they see me too. Slowly that 1% increases to 2% .. and sometimes before I know it I catch myself doing something especially in the crowd of believers to show them that I’m faithful, that I followed what God says.


God, teach me to give 100% glory back to you. It is difficult for me because I do crave for the approval of men. But in actual fact what I can achieve was only be achieved because of You, and You deserve it all. Though I know you don’t see the performance but our heart instead, it is still hard for me, because I want to be the best.

Lord Help…

Help me to rest in the fact that I am always the best to you, and you care about the growth of my character more than what I can produce on the table for You. I pray that God what I do, though it may not earn the applause of many, it will earn the applause of You.
Help my heart to rest in the fact that, You are enough for me and I’m enough for You.

Devotion by:


I’m Elsa Jane and I’m studying Architecture though I aspire to be a gallery owner but God has different plans for me. I’m serving in the Prophetic Art ministry and I’m very passionate about using these artsy hands to bring joy to people! I also serve as a President of the Christian Fellowship in IUKL campus.

Editor’s note: Our Elsa have very low laughing point and lame jokes are her soft spot. Don’t say we did not dish out tips for you.




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