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Who are you living for?

by Brett Gleason on February 28th, 2011

Who are you living for?

In his book, Call, Os Guinness writes, "A life lived listening to the decisive call of God is a life lived before one audience that trumps all others - The Audience of One."  

We all live for an audience.  When we're very young the audience is often our parents.  As we get older it shifts to our peers at school, in sports clubs, or in musical groups to name a few.  As we begin our working careers the audience often shifts to coworkers and bosses, old school friends, and others.  If we live seeking the approval of these audiences, we will often find ourselves in compromising situations and our lives will not have purpose or direction.  We will be like the politician who simply changes with the latest poll data.  

Instead, God calls us to live for him and him alone.  To live for his approval and not the approval of others.  Listen to these words from Scripture:

  • "I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless." Genesis 17:1
  • "Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth." Psalm 26:3
  • Jesus words in the Parable of Talents, "Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things."  Matthew 25:21
  • "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:6

Yes, living for an Audience of One must be uppermost in a church planter's life as he models the Christian life to the young church that he has been called to lead and pastor.  How else can he ask others to give their lives to God if he is more concerned with pleasing others than pleasing his Lord and Savior.

Who are you living for today?

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