WISDOM FOR LIVING DEVOTIONAL
DECEMBER 5, 2020
TOPIC: GOD IS WATCHING YOU
BY T. O. BANSO
“You see, we are not like those hucksters — and there are many of them — who preach just to make money. We preach God’s message with sincerity and with Christ’s authority. And we know that the God who sent us is watching us (2 Corinthians 2:17 New Living Translation).
Many people live their lives as if they are not accountable to God. They feel that it doesn’t matter to God what they do. But that is an error. Romans 14:12 says each of us shall give an account of himself to God. Similarly, Hebrews 4:13 says, “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (New King James Version).
God is watching you because He is interested in what you do and how you live your life. The apostle Paul pointed out this truth in 2 Corinthians 2:17: “You see, we are not like those hucksters — and there are many of them — who preach just to make money. We preach God’s message with sincerity and with Christ’s authority. And we know that the God who sent us is watching us (New Living Translation).
The apostle Paul distinguished himself from some preachers who were preaching for money – their motive for preaching the word of God was to make money. There are still such people around today. “They think that serving God is a way to get rich” (1 Timothy 6:5b New Century Version). Paul said he wasn’t like such preachers but he preached God’s message with sincerity and with Christ’s authority.
If you’re a minister of the gospel, are you preaching God’s message with sincerity and Christ’s authority like Paul or you’re just interested in making money and using your own authority rather than Christ’s authority? Are you greedy for money or hungry for souls? Paul said, “And we know that the God who sent us is watching us.” God is watching you, too; He is watching what you’re doing.
Don’t follow those who have become a law to themselves. Don’t emulate those He sent but have departed from Him. Don’t copy those He didn’t send at all but have gone all the same.
God instructed Moses to make everything pertaining to the tabernacle according to the pattern He had shown him and he did exactly that (Exodus 25:9, 40; 26:30; 39:42-43; 40:16; Hebrews 8:5).
Don’t serve yourself in ministry; serve God. Don’t use God; let God use you! “On judgment day many will tell me, ‘Lord, Lord, we prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Go away; the things you did were unauthorized.’ (Matthew 7:22-23 New Living Translation). God is watching you.
But it is not only ministers of the gospel that God is watching. He is watching you whether you’re a trader, an artisan, a civil servant, a politician, a lecturer, etc? – God is watching you.
Do you collect bribes, produce and sell fake and substandard products, exploit your customers or clients, work lazily, etc.? God is watching you. Your business is His business! “God cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is his business” (Proverbs 16:11 The Message). The New Living Translation says, “The LORD demands fairness in every business deal; he sets the standard.”
If you’re an employee, serve faithfully and diligently. God is watching you. “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Ephesians 6:7-8 New Living Translation). Proverbs 10:26 says, “Lazy people are a pain to their employer. They are like smoke in the eyes or vinegar that sets the teeth on edge” (New Living Translation). If you’re an employer, take good care of your staff and give them what is due to them. The labourer is worthy of his wages (Luke10:7; 1 Timothy 5:18; Deuteronomy 24:14-15).
Jesus said to the seven churches of Asia Minor, “I know your works” (Revelation 2:2, 9, 13, 19, 3:1, 8, 15). He is also saying to you, He is watching you, and will reward you accordingly.
When the crowd came to John the Baptist for baptism and asked him what they should do, he told them, “If you have two coats, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry” (Luke 3:11 New Living Translation). The corrupt tax collectors who also came to be baptized and asked him what they should do, he replied, “Show your honesty…Make sure you collect no more taxes than the Roman government requires you to” (verse 13 New Living Translation).
Also, the soldiers asked John the same question and John told them: “Don’t extort money, and don’t accuse people of things you know they didn’t do. And be content with your pay” (verse 14 New Living Translation). God was watching all these people. Whether you’re a revenue collector, a politician, a civil servant, or security personnel, God is watching you. If you’re corrupt or incorruptible, He knows.
In Ephesians 6:5-8, the apostle Paul, writing to the Ephesians, said, “Servants, do what is ordered by those who are your natural masters, having respect and fear for them, with all your heart, as to Christ; Not only under your master’s eye, as pleasers of men; but as servants of Christ, doing the pleasure of God from the heart; doing your work readily, as to the Lord, and not to men: In the knowledge that for every good thing anyone does, he will have his reward from the Lord, If he is a servant or if he is free” (Bible in Basic English). God is watching you.
Earlier in Ephesians 4:25-32, Paul wrote: “Therefore, putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,’ for we are members of one another. ‘Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (New King James Version).
How are you living your life, conducting your business, performing your duties at work, doing the ministry that God has committed into your hand, and the like? God is watching you.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The LORD be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, help me to live my life with the consciousness that I will give account to God one day. Help me not to be a men-pleaser but a God-pleaser, doing everything as unto the LORD. O God, let there be a change in our societies such that everyone will perform his duties with the fear of God, knowing they will give account to You.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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