People are watching

By Dr. John W. Lewis - Religion Writer

I like to watch people in the mall. It keeps me busy while my wife is shopping. Seriously, I like to try and figure out what their story is, and what made them dress like that. The point is people are watching us and examining our behavior.

2 Corinthians 3:2, “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men;”

We are the only Bible some people will ever read. They say you are writing a chapter each day, by the deeds that you do and the words you say. We have had a sign over our front door that reads, “You are now entering the mission field.” It reminded us when we left our house people would be watching us, and we were to be a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 1:10, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;”

We must realize we are put on display as an ambassador of Christ.

Hebrews 12:1, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”

That great cloud of witnesses is watching from four arenas. The first is from Heaven where those who have gone on before us can take note of our lives.

Luke15:10. “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”

From the balcony of Heaven I believe the saints of old are watching. The second arena would be from hell.

Luke 16:27-28, “Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldst send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, least they also come into this place of torment.”

Even those in hell care about their lost loved ones that are still living. The third arena is the lost of this world. By our walk we are leading them to the Savior or leading them not to believe. The last arena is the Christian world of believers. In this arena we are to live above reproach as not to discourage or disappoint fellow believers by our action or inaction.

Philippians 2:2-4, “Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

As a Christian we are to put away childish behavior. Some have rightly stated the trouble with Christianity is Christians. In our society today you could be spied upon from outer space or ever from your personal computer. Living in a fish bowl is more real today than ever.

Let’s make our walk a holy walk, because people are watching and so is God.

Anchor Baptist Church

456 Jamison Rd

Washington Court House, OH

(740) 333-7777

By Dr. John W. Lewis

Religion Writer