An audience of One

Live for an audience of One…….live for God

The world will applaud us if we conform to their patterns and behaviours, but as Christians, our lives are to be pleasing to God.

In the X factor or Britain’s got talent to America’s got talent auditions, it only matters what the judges think. It’s only the judges who can put the contestants through to the next round. They have the final decision.

In the same way, one day we will stand before the Great Judge. On that day, we will have to give an account of how we spent time, money, resources, how we used opportunities given to show love, compassion, to share God with others.

What we say on THAT day depends on how we live THIS day…WHO we live for this day and EVERYday.

On that day, it will just be you and God. Me and God.

Those people we try to please in the here and now, while on earth, won’t be there.

It’s a sobering thought….

‘Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out…’ Romans 12|2

I have to live a holy life, pleasing to God, Who will judge the world in the end. You have to live to please God Who will judge the world in the end.

But what does that mean?🧐

Begin each day with God, live out each day with God and end each day in conversation with God. Desire spending time with Him, invest in the talents given to you and love those. These are just a few of the wonderful privileges we have as children of God…..πŸ€—

Our focus: on God

Our desire: That He will say, ‘well done My good and faithful servant. Enter into My rest.’ Matthew 25|21

A pointer from Apostle Paul

‘Friends, don’t get me wrong. By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward-to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.’ Philippians 3|13 and 14

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Creation eagerly awaits

When is the time to allow God’s light to shine brightly in us and then through us?
The Bible tells us that the time is NOW.

‘The suffering we have now are nothing compared to the great glory that will be shown to us. Everything God made is waiting with excitement for God to show His children’s glory completely.’ Romans 8 verses 18 and 19

We belong to God and being children of God we should seek to do what has been commanded for us to do.
We are to be witnesses to those we are surrounded with by not only telling about how God has transformed us and how He has a better plan for their lives but even showing what it means to receive love from God and then to give out that genuine love to others in return.
The world is eagerly waiting.
Who will you impact?

Give cheerfully

‘Each should give according to what he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’
2 Corinthians 9 verse 7

Am I a cheerful giver in my offering towards The Lord?

Am I a cheerful giver with my time?

Am I a cheerful giver with my food even before those who are hungry ask?

Am I a cheerful giver with my attention?

Are you?

Knowing God

‘The way we can be sure we know Him is if we are obeying His commands. Anyone who says, β€œI know Him,” but isn’t obeying His commands is a liar β€” the truth is not in him. But if someone keeps doing what He says, then truly love for God has been brought to its goal in him. This is how we are sure that we are united with Him. A person who claims to be continuing in union with Him ought to conduct his life the way He did.’
1 John 2 verses 3 to 6

‘Whoever has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me and the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.’  John 14 verse 21

Easter Sunday

‘Whoever calls upon The Name of The Lord shall be saved’. Acts 2 verse 21

Today we celebrate Christ’s
resurrection. This is very important because it means that Jesus is alive. Jesus died on Good Friday and it was on this day that He took your sin and my sin and made them His own. That means Jesus got the blame for every wrong thing we’ve ever done and every wrong thing we will ever do.
Throughout, the 33 and a half years that Jesus lived on earth, He didn’t sin once. He never disobeyed God or Mary and Joseph, He never stole, He never had a bad thought about anyone, He never lied, He was never jealous. Jesus never sinned. He was perfect. When God looked at Jesus, He saw that He was sinless but when Jesus was on the cross, God looked at Him and saw that He was full of sin. However, this was not because Jesus began to sin but because when God looked at Jesus, He saw all the wrong things that the whole world had done. Jesus said ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ (Matthew 27 verse 46)
Up until now, God, the Father and God, the Son had remained connected but at the cross, Jesus cries out that God has left Him. This phrase reminds us of how Holy and Pure God is. God could no longer remain connected with Jesus because He was now full of sin. God cannot be anywhere near sin, He hates sin and that is why Jesus had to die on the cross, that we can be set free from the punishment of sin, which is death. By Jesus taking our sins and making them His own, we can be in relationship with God. Β  ‘I am The Way, The Truth and The Life. No one comes to The Father except through Me’ (John 14 verse 6). Jesus took the punishment for our sins. He died, went to hell on our behalf and there He was separated from God but Jesus didn’t stay dead. No, He rose again on the third day and He is alive. This shows how powerful Jesus was, it showed that He had power over death.
When Jesus was in hell, the devil would have probably been happy because he thought he had defeated The Son of God but by raising to life, it shows that God is All powerful.
‘The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus.'(Romans 6 verse 23) We. have all sinned and because of sin we all deserve to go to hell and be separated from God but because of God’s great love for us, He made a way for us to spend all of eternity with Him. When you turn away from your sin, ask God to forgive you for all your sins and ask Him to be your Lord and Saviour, God no longer remembers your sin. All your sins are forgotten and you can now begin a relationship with God. This is only possible because Jesus took the punishment for sin on our behalf.
Although Jesus knew that He was going to die a painful death, He obeyed God and still went on the cross for us.

If someone asked me to pick just one day that I am truly thankful for, I would say Easter Sunday. This is not because of Easter eggs but because if Jesus hadn’t come into the world, we couldn’t have a relationship with God now and we couldn’t spend all of eternity with Him.