You’re Being Watched

People are watching you.

Oh yes. They are. But there’s no need to be paranoid – for many of the people who are watching you may not realize they are doing so.

“So, who is watching ?” you may ask. I’m pretty sure you could figure this out on your own, but for time’s sake, I’ll give you some likely culprits:

Your family
Your co-workers
Your class-mates
Your neighbors
Your employer
Your small group

Not all are watching you with a critical eye, mind you (though some may be). But subconsciously, they notice you. They see how you treat other people, whether you have a quick temper or a critical tongue. They notice whether you are kind or brusque, generous or selfish, humble or pompous. And, they notice if your words and your deeds match up consistently.

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16.

Those of us who teach must take special care as we live out our lives, lest our actions contradict our confession. Certainly, none of us live perfect lives, but we should always keep in mind that we are setting an example for others. In fact, it behooves us to teach with humility and trasnparency – not as “one who has arrived,” but as a fellow traveler who struggles with sin and righteousness and what it means to put on holiness in a fallen world.

As the Apostle Paul put it, “Not that I have already obatained all this, or have been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:12-14.

If you’re like me, you can probably think back on many times you were less than a good example. I know I’ve made many mistakes, missed many opportunities, and have done or said things that have hurt the cause of Christ. But that is no excuse for us to quit living out our faith. Satan will whisper in our ears and accuse us – “Hypocrite!” he will hiss.

Perhaps.

Thankfully, God’s grace is sufficient to cover our hypocrisy. Or our critical spirit. Or our indifference. We own up to our sin, and press on. And keep pressing on.

“Be confident of this – that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6.

We’re all still works in progress. None of us have yet arrived. Let’s keep that in perspective as we seek to be  imitators of Christ – imperfect examples, to be sure – but living authentic lives of faith and encouragement.

Oh, and those people who are watching us? They’ll pick up on that, too.

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