_ 100314 God's way

Praise the Lord for another day and another chance to continue the journey that we as believers in Jesus are on.

Today’s Prayer

Father, Today I come to You, bringing prayers for my neighbors before Your throne. I don’t know what each and every one is going through right now, but I know that each has their own hurts, challenges, problems, needs. I know that some are grieving, whether over an errant child, a lost job, the death of a loved one or something else; some are lonely; some are lost and need the Savior; some are ill and need healing and comfort; the needs go on. Please help me to know what to do to be a good neighbor to them. Give me opportunities to reach out and share Your love. I pray that the Holy Spirit will minister to each one and meet their spiritual needs. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Let’s eat.

 Audience of One

I was preparing to put this message together and started thinking about the people that would be taking part in the reading of it. Part of me wanted to start with a joke but my spirit was hit with the word “prayer”. I then started thinking of who might be offended by a prayer when the following scripture jumped into my spirit:

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2

That led me to this question “What audience do you play to?”

Each day you and I are seen by many people who will make a judgment about the way we handle ourselves among different audiences. Politicians have learned to play to their audiences, customizing messages for the needs of their particular groups. Musicians have learned to play to their audiences. Pastors play to their congregations each Sunday morning. Workplace believers play to the audiences who will buy their product.

As believers, Christ has called us to play to one audience – the audience of Himself. When you seek to please any other audience in your life, you become susceptible to situational ethics and motivations, based on the need for the moment. Your audience becomes a pawn in your hands because you 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 interests of others before ourselves. This will result in meeting many needs of the audiences in our lives.

Now here comes the part where your spirit comes into play. There are other times when our audiences are asking for something contrary to God’s will. Politicians are often forced to appease their audiences, even though it may go against God’s laws. 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 and going forward 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?

P.S. I started this message with prayer.

Quote of the Day

When God wants to do an impossible task He takes an impossible man and crushes him. ~Alan Redpath~





Written by Glenn Sterrett, Founder and CEO of the GCKRS™ Helping Hand Foundation.

Leave a comment