WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
JULY 7, 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 whatever they do doesn’t matter to God. But that is an error. God is watching you, because He is interested in what you do and how you live your life.
In 2 Corinthians 2:17, 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. “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).
If you’re a minister of the gospel, are you preaching God’s message with sincerity and Christ’s authority, as Paul did, 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, 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, which God instructed him (Exodus 25:8-9, 40, 26:30, 39:42-43, 40:16; Hebrews 8:5).
Don’t do a self-centred ministry. 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, or a lecturer.
God is watching you. Do you collect bribes, produce and sell fake and substandard products, exploit your customers or clients, work lazily, and so on? 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 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 laborer is worthy of his wages (Luke 10:7; 1 Timothy 5:18; Deuteronomy 24:14-15). God is watching you. Do what is right.
Jesus said to each of 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 knows your work. He is watching you, and will reward you accordingly. God is watching you.
Genesis 6:5 says, “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (New King James Version). Please, take note of that phrase “the LORD saw.” He is watching you. He is seeing everything you’re doing.
Sin will send anyone to hell. However, before such a fellow goes there, sin could also disgrace him on earth. Many have been humiliated by sin after they have enjoyed its service for a season! Don’t be deceived; your sin will find you out (Numbers 32:23).
No matter how smart anyone thinks he is, his sin will be exposed one day. Somehow, something will go wrong and he’ll be exposed. Some people’s secret sins are exposed after their death! If some sins are not exposed here on earth, they are bare before the LORD. “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” (Hebrews 4:13 New King James Version).
God is watching you. Jesus Christ says, in the letter to the churches, “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11 New King James Version).
He continues, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last” (verses 12-13 New King James Version)
Jesus didn’t come to call those who perceived themselves to be righteous, but sinners, to repentance (Matthew 9:13; Mark 2:17; Luke 5:32). The soul that sins shall die (Ezekiel 18:4b). But God does not want anyone to perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9b).
You are a slave to whatever controls you. Don’t be a slave to sin (2 Peter 2:19b). Surrender your life to Jesus if you haven’t. Depart from sin. “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity’” (2 Timothy 2:19 New King James Version). 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: Father, I repent and forsake my sins. By the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, I maintain victory over sin. I shall not be a slave to any sin. Holy Spirit, help me to live with the consciousness that God is watching me.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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