You are being watched!
Every eye seems to turn upon you when you least expect it. We go about our everyday activities, often times seemingly drifting through the day without a care in the world, minding our own business, other times we can be one on one in a witnessing situation sharing Christ with a co-worker or we can be clandestinely observed sharing Christ. (or more importantly NOT).
Our daily walk is constantly being scrutinized even when we don't actually sense the observational powers of those living in the world burning holes through our souls, waiting to find a chink in our armor and being able to thrust a sword into our soft flesh.
Our actions as Christians should be laid out for all to see and judge. We strive daily to live and show the love of Christ that lives inside us so that others can see Him through us.
One of my past Sunday School teaches used to tell the kids that "you may be the only "Bible" that someone ever reads", always be an example of what a Christian should be.
This brings up the title of my post...................
What if a fellow Christian, a stranger, a lost person, sees us in a situation that is not what it appears to be? How do we defend our actions when we have done nothing wrong, only being in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Case in point! A few weeks ago, a friend ( I'll call him Joe) in my prayer group shared a story of just this.
He is in his late 70's and care's for his older brother that still tries to live as independently as he can. Joe takes his brother out to pay bills, eat and buy groceries. On this day he was at the store and as his brother tries to be independent, he was giving him space so as not to appear as he was helping him. As the brother was picking out an item from the freezer case, Joe was watching him from about fifty feet away while shopping for himself. Joe kept his brother in his sight without him thinking he was being watched. Joe's eyes were focused solely upon his brother and his concern for him.
Then......as Joe was watching his brother, a young lady stepped in about halfway between them to pick out an item. Joe was still focusing on his brother and peering around the lady to make sure he was OK. The lady quickly picked her item and was gone. Just as quick, a friend of Joe leaned in from behind and said " you might as well follow her to the car and go home with her." and he just as quickly slipped away before Joe had a chance to explain that his brother was fifty feet away. All that friend saw was Joe in a situation that was very unbecoming to a Christian family man.
Joe has of yet to be able to explain his actions and is even wondering if it would help. He was moved to tears, concerned that his motive of love for his brother was misconceived as an image of lust in the eyes of another.
If only Joe had used his X-RAY Specs!
Keeping our eyes focused on the important things in life is what it is all about. There will always be detractors of our motives and witness, and most importantly we need to uplift one another constantly in prayer.