Your first reaction to that question might be paranoia about some government agency with a lot of letters in its name but I’m much more concerned that the Lord God Himself is watching my every moment.
“For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps. (Job 34:21)
“For He looks to the ends of the earth And sees everything under the heavens. (Job 28:24)
Admittedly an all knowing, all present, and all comprehending God will see our every move but He is not the only one watching. It’s clear that we, as Christ-followers, need to be as concerned about human beings scrutinizing what we are truly all about.
The Apostle Paul was very aware that his life was being observed. Could you teach a pattern of Godly living by asking others to watch you? Yet look at what he repeatedly suggests;
Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. (Philippians 3:17)
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, (2 Thessalonians 3:6–7)
not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example. (2 Thessalonians 3:9)
Paul even commanded his young protégé to live a life to be monitored by others.
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:12)
It might be easy to dismiss these verses with the thought that you and I are no Pauls or Timothys but the Word of God doesn’t let us off that easily.
Peter suggests that each and every believer should be ready to defend their faith.
but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you… (1 Peter 3:15)
It is obvious that the “everyone” in the verse above would only be asking about the hope of the Christian life if that hope was obvious from observation. Otherwise why would they be asking in the first place?
So our challenge is, are we in God’s Word enough and living according to its teachings in such a way that those watching us would be taught proper Christian principles? Re-read Paul’s statements to the Philippians and Thessalonians above – could we pass that observation test? If someone followed you around all day, every day, would your example point them to Jesus?
Just this week a brother in Christ posted a statement on his Facebook page that is a blessing to those mentioned and a challenge to those not living up to the mark he sets.
Here is some of what my friend wrote:
“I leave Saturday morning [on a mission trip]. But I wanted to take a moment and give credit where credit is due. You men have embraced me from day one when I walked into [church]. You have taken time to love me, teach me, speak Jesus into my life, and shape me into the man I am today. I have a long road ahead, but I have no fear with Jesus and men like you leading the way. Words cannot describe my gratitude towards you all.
You are not only speaking what it means to be a godly man, you have shown me and show me every day. I seek desperately to show this same love and Jesus in the same way you men do. I couldn’t have asked for better brothers in Christ Jesus than you men. I truly love you and aspire to not only speak, but live the life of a godly man, and to pass it on to my son and other young men. I respect you, from the hugs and handshakes to the stern rebuke of a loving teacher. I write this to encourage you, to remind you that your wisdom does not go out void.
The greatest and most honoring mission field I will ever serve on is the one we serve on here each day together. Again, thank you for everything brothers. I look forward to serving more with you. All the glory be to God, our Father.”
This young man’s brothers in Christ have shown him, by example, the way to live Christ in modern life. What a blessing for them… what a challenge for us. Take some classes, find a mentor, be accountable to a group of mature believers, and turn your life over to a serious walk with Jesus – a life ready to be observed!
Now is the time to ask yourself, “Who’s watching me? My unsaved friends, my siblings or parents, maybe even my own children?” They are watching. What are you going to do?
Think about it…