Do you like being watched? Care to be examined all the time? Does the boss watch you like a hawk? Do the children catch your candid moments because they are watching?
There is no escape from the reality of the first chapters of Genesis in this regard: God watches and assesses everything. If a person hears the good news of the Kingdom, a reality emerges as the hearer understands that God sees everything…and even cares to assess what he sees. Sometimes we forget that he is watchful, and makes us watchful in the process.
The stream bed was interesting to me and the children with me. I bent over to show rocks, point out some snails, and show them how water acts in a mountain stream. The person with the camera grabbed the picture. She was watching me as well as the children. She was assessing all the time. What is this new husband like around children?
Sheila (on a mission trip to Cambodia) was demonstrating a craft with a story. She was paying attention to what she was doing and what the children were doing in front of her. However, three children beside her caught my attention. They were watching her and assessing her all the while. They were making assessments about what she was like.
The ladies at the lake were watching my Bride. Even a husband was paying close attention. They were glad to be with their new friend, but they were also watching. Whether she liked it or not, she was read of those lovely people and dozens of Philippine children on our last trip. By the third week, the adolescent girls had seen enough to ask me (very politely, of course) to leave so they could talk to Ma’am Faylene…alone.
We are meant, if we are born again, to display the life of Jesus Christ. It is not a matter of pride or out of fear. It just happens. Believers end up being epistles that can be read by anyone. That “reading” is usually based on our actions more than our words. How do you fare? Are your actions “watchable” all the time? People are drawn to God or the opposite can occur. Much of that “leaning” depends on the what people conclude about us as we walk. What’s in the heart speaks in our actions. How do you stack up?
2 Corinthians 3:2-3
“You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.”
…And you show that you are a letter from Christ, delivered by us, written not with ink but the Spirit of the Living God…