AO1- Audience of ONE.
I swear, there is just something about talking about Jesus that makes my heart tingle. I mean, i know why. Who wouldn’t/doesn’t get the Holy Spirit movin’ within them when talking about the Lord. It is literally the best thing ever, because we’re talking about the best thing ever.
Something that i have known, but recently been living out is this:
it’s not about the world, but it’s about Jesus.
I’ve heard, I’ve read it, I’ve even meditated, but I haven’t lived it. The book of James tells us a numerous amount of times to be doers of the Word, not just listeners. Specifically, James 1:22-25. “But don’t just listen to God’s Word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the Word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in the mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it”.
Long verse – but short meaning. We cannot live out the Word of God if we are just reading and meditating on it, rather than living it out. Otherwise, it would be like looking at ourselves in the mirror and forgetting what we looked like.
There comes a point where you get convicted of this – and I have. I actually recently have. I became convicted because, no matter how bad I didn’t want to admit it, I wasn’t fully living for God. I mean, I was, but not as much as He wants me to.
When we talk to people, we have to remember we are talking for God. What comes out of our mouth represent who He is and who we are living for. The way we act shows how much respect, integrity, and love we really have. When scrolling through social media, we are to love on others, not compare ourselves. If we have to sacrifice some friends, get togethers, alcohol, sex, or whatever it may be, for the Lord, then we need to. We are not here to impress people, we are not here to satisfy our selfish desires. It is actually quite the opposite. We really have to give up ourselves to gain Jesus. Not in the sense that we can’t do what we want, when we want, how we want. But rather praying before making decisions, trusting in Him instead of us, choosing love over hate, pureness over inappropriateness, and Him over us.
It is important to know we are an audience of ONE. The One.
James 4:4 states, “Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God”. Let me first say, the Bible doesn’t repeat things to just repeat them. It’s not like the Bible just needed pages filled. Instead, it is something very important that one is trying to teach (Same with the Gospels, different stories but same outcome. This took 4 books). James is really trying to tell the church that we cannot be friends with both God and the world. There is a HUGEEE difference between God wants and human wants. There is a huge difference between God’s desires and human desires.
Something that I personally struggled with (which convicted me) was gossiping and judging others. First glance, I’d judge someone. If someone did be wrong, I’d talk about it. Definitely not the best coping method & Christ-like thing for me to do. Am I perfect? No. Will I ever be? No. Will I change? There is power in the name of Jesus.
Each one of us is God’s children, made in His image. We are VALUABLE to Him. We are worth more than you could ever know. And when that gossiping/judging occurs, I am lowering their esteem, I am lowering their worth, and I am lowering my kindness. It is not fair to do this to God’s children. They are just as special as you and as me. So quit it – lets speak love and positivity over the person. Lets pray for them and ask how they’re doing. Lets smile and hold the door open for them.
Jesus only had 12 disciples. He didn’t have a social media where followers mattered. Not everyone liked Him and not everyone believed Him. You ARE going to be persecuted. You ARE going to get made fun of. You ARE going lose friends. You ARE going to feel different. BUT you ARE going to have a different life. You ARE going to be blessed. You ARE going to be strong. You ARE going to be fulfilled. You ARE going to feel worthy. You ARE going to have a new heart. You ARE a child of God. You ARE HIS.
Don’t get this confused, though. I am NOT saying that you will have a perfect life, where no hurts come. Hurts may come even more – but Jesus heals and overcomes. You are not going to be happy all the time – but you will find joy in Him. You are not going to be a perfect Christian – but we have a forgiving God.
I’ve been made fun of, I’ve been persecuted, and you may have too. And Jesus was too. But He didn’t stop there – He kept preaching the Gospel – He kept loving on others – He kept living for God. Friend, Jesus is who matters. Don’t waste your beautiful life worrying about others think, what they say, or how they act. You have one purpose here for one person. & His name is Jesus.
It is never about Jesus if it’s always about us.
I pray that The Lord may speak to you through me, I can only hope I can help you in your relationship with Christ.