1 Peter 2:12 “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.”

I’m just an average man with an average life

I work from nine to five; hey, hell, I pay the price

All I want is to be left alone in my average home

But why do I always feel like I’m in the twilight zone

I always feel like someone is watching me!–Rockwell

This song was the only hit that Berry Gordy’s son ever put out with a little help from Michael and Jermaine Jackson. It resonated with a lot of people who have this acute paranoia that they are being watched.

The truth of the matter is that we are being watched. It’s not so much the cameras in every hallway or every intersection or big brother monitoring your cell phone conversations but people is watching you.

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ non-believers are watching you to see if your lifestyle matches that of Jesus’ teaching.

They want to discredit the church as an irrelevant and oppressive institution. They want to categorize all preachers as money hungry womanizers. They want to label Christians as judgmental hypocrites. They are watching for proof of their preconceived perceptions.

We could argue with ever misguided and hurt person. There are valid reasons for some of them to believe the way they do. Unfortunately some Christians fit the description but there are a host of others that do not.

Peter said, “You are a holy priesthood, a chosen generation. You have been called out of the darkness. Don’t participate in what you’ve been called out of. Be Holy as God is Holy!”

They are watching so here’s what you do:

  1. Live properly among your neighbors. Your lifestyle should reflect what you value. You are the salt of the earth. Salt seasons whatever it’s around. What good is it if you lose your flavor? Show people who you believe in by how you live.
  1. Do good deeds. Faith without works is dead. People can say what they want about you but they cannot argue with results. You shall know a tree by the fruit it bears. Stop arguing with people over words let your actions speak for you.
  1. Help them to see God through your actions. Make God look good by what you do around your neighbors. More is caught than is taught. Your consistent compassion and involvement in the well being of others will win over people who previously only had bad things to say. Let your work speak for you.

Dear God,

Help me to be consistent in my actions. Help my motives to always be congruent with your will. Make me fruitful so that others can see your hand on my life. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you and may my life draw others to Jesus.

In Jesus Name,

Amen