We often dream of the applause of a crowded stadium; a crowd of people roaring because of our athletic prowess or musical ability. We long to be seen and to be celebrated.

It can be discouraging when the things that matter most to us, the things that seem most fundamental to who we are, go largely ignored and uncelebrated. They can even be mocked.

People rarely see the quiet moments of faith where we resolve ourselves to trust God and act in courage. People do not often roar when we act in meek kindness or patient love.

But there is a greater crowd paying close attention. A divine fanbase. And they are on the edge of their seats.

Here, as elsewhere in Scripture, we see that one of the reasons God made humans was to bear witness to Him. When we exercise faith, God uses it to shame the evil principalities and to teach the angels about who He is.

The angels are watching. They see and they are in awe. They celebrate the messy miracle of a human being acting in faith. The chorus of the cosmos may be giving you a standing ovation.

What’s more – God is watching! He brags about you to the angels. God says in the first verses of Job, “have you considered my servant Job…” We are object lessons. We are bragging rights. We are examples of the incredible reach of His goodness. Whether we see it in this life or the next, the heavens are rejoicing. Our reward is a Divine applause.

“The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
– Revelation 3:5-6