Living for an audience of one

On Sunday, the sermon was about serving with a smile and Sarah said we should be living for an audience of one. That idea has left me unsettled this week. I know that I so often don’t live for an audience of one. I want thanks for doing what I do on a daily basis.  I complain that my children don’t thank me enough for doing all the mundane jobs behind the scenes.  I check for likes and comments on my Instagram posts every morning. I get annoyed when not many people turn up to my classes.  I don’t include God in everything. Sometimes I can go quite a while without thinking about Him at all.  This isn’t living for an audience of one.  This is living for myself. I think this feeling has been made worse because I am reading the book of John and being reminded just how much Jesus gave up for me.  He was sin-free and gave his life and here I am moaning about cleaning the bathroom again.  Sometimes we need a perspective check so here it is, Romans 12:1 says “so brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to Him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to Him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship”.  Luke 9:62 says “No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”  We don’t need to be focusing on the work we have done but think about the harvest.  If we can keep in a season of giving, keep praying for blessings on those who we need to forgive , keep doing it all for the one who gave his life for us to have ours we will be doing it right.  This message is for you and me too!

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