Somebody Is Watching

Do you ever get the feeling that someone is watching you?

It’s because they are. There is someone in your life that is watching you and evaluating how you act and react to situations. They are learning how you live your life.

That is incredibly exciting, and terribly frightening.

As a dad I am highly aware of the huge responsibility that I have. Not only to provide for my son and keep him healthy, but even more so, to raise him to, one day, become a good man.

Right now, he imitates me when I stick my tongue out. But in a few years will he imitate me when I get angry? Right now, he tries to replicate my funny noises. But when he gets older will he replicate my pride?

He will spend his life watching me, but I don’t want him to watch me. I don’t want him to turn out like me. I want him to be better than me. I want him to be like Jesus.

You don’t have to be a parent to have influence over someone else’s life. No matter how young or old you are, my guess is that right now you could name at least one person who looks up to you. And there are probably others that you don’t even know about. We all have someone watching us.

So, let’s be sure to give them something worth their time.

Matthew 5:16 says, “…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

But how do we let our light shine? How do we make sure that our light isn’t dim?

Romans 12:2 tells us, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.”

You see, it is the Spirit of God who molds us and transforms us. He is the one who changes us to be more like Jesus. He is the one that helps ensure our life is worthy. Unfortunately, far too many Christians have grown accustomed to quenching the Spirit and His work in their lives. Far too many of us have grown accustomed to trying to do things on our own power instead of leaning and relying on Him.

Ephesians 5 tells us that we need to be imitators of God. But that can only be done when we are connected to and trusting in the Holy Spirit to grow and transform us.

So, if someone is watching you, which they are, then be sure to be an imitator of God. Because if you are like Jesus, then the person watching you and trying to be like you will also begin to look like Jesus as well.

Paul even said that himself in his letter to the Corinthians, imitate me as I imitate Christ.

Someone is watching you.

So please, be careful how you act. Be wise in how you react. Love like Jesus loves. Be slow to anger and quick to forgive. Be humble and direct all the praise to God.

Because one day, someone else will be watching that person who watched you.

Well Done.

It is hard to express in words alone the torrent of emotions that accompany laying a loved one to rest.

Even for those who were not particularly close to the person being grieved for, the whole experience can still be incredibly emotional.

Thankfully, joy can be found in the midst of the mourning if the loved one knew Jesus as savior.

As Billy Graham said when speaking of his own passing, “I will be more alive on that day than ever before.” And he was right. For believers, when we pass from this temporary life into the eternal we will, in fact, be more alive than ever before because we will be with our Lord, the giver of life itself.

But the process is still, understandably, painful. I think that one of many reasons why funerals are so difficult for us humans is because death causes us to reflect. Death causes us to think about life. How did they live their life? How has my own life been lived thus far? How will I now choose to live?

Recently, I attended a funeral service of a faithful and incredible man of God. And it may sound weird to say, but I was truly and deeply blessed. (You know that someone lived their life well when their funeral service is a blessing to people, and a true celebration of life.) I was encouraged to hear about his love and devotion to his God and to his family. I was awed by his steadfast and upstanding character. And I was grateful for the legacy that he left behind.

There is no doubt in my mind that the moment when this man stepped into eternity he heard the words “well done, good and faithful servant.”

Those words actually come from a parable that Jesus told in Matthew 25. You should read the passage for yourself, I promise it will be worth it. But one of the main takeaways is that what you do today matters for tomorrow.

Jesus tells of a master who entrusts a few of his servants with various amounts of money and then he leaves to go on a journey. He returns and discovers what each of his servants has done with the money. The master is very pleased with the servants who have done something with what was entrusted to them and have doubled it.

He tells them “well done.”

But one of the servants was lazy and did nothing with what was entrusted to him, and the master was very displeased with him.

I want to live my life in such a way that at the end of the road I will hear “well done.”

But “well done” starts today. The choices that we make today are literally forming our character. Each and every day needs to be a “well done” kind of day.

There are no shortcuts in a life well done. We cannot just simply hide what has been entrusted to us away and wait till the end and expect a pat on the back.

The only way to hear “well done, good and faithful one” at the end of your life is to do well during your life.

I am thankful for godly men and women who set examples for us to follow and be encouraged by. I am thankful for a God who doesn’t just leave us in the dark, but actually gives us answers to our problems and frustrations in the Bible. I am thankful for Jesus and the promise of eternal life.

And I am motivated to live my life in a way that will please my Lord