Who Is Watching Me?
by Stephanie Olson, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
Who remembers the old 80s song Somebody’s Watching Me sung by Rockwell and Michael Jackson? “I always feel like somebody’s watching me …” Well, let me just say, if you are a Christian, trust me, somebody is. Christians and non-Christians alike, are watching to see if we really practice what we preach. No pressure!
So what does that mean for us? Does that mean we have to be perfect? Do we have to make sure that we put on a happy Christian face so non-believers know Christians don’t have any problems? Hmm … clearly not. As Christians, we are not called to be perfect. We can’t be. We are not called to be phony. That makes us hypocrites. Instead, we are called to be real. But we serve a righteous and holy God, so we are also called to strive for righteousness and holiness. How do we do that?
Look at what Colossians 3:12 says: “Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper].”
Daily, we are to clothe ourselves in behavior marked by the things of God. When we rise each day, we should make a conscious decision to be kind, loving, and friendly—to live by The Golden Rule, as my kindergartner reminded me the other day. We should treat people the way we want to be treated.
A while ago I contacted a church and requested a phone call back, but I received no phone call. The first thing that I thought was, What if I was a non-believer seeking Christ? Then I wondered how many times I’ve done the same thing to others. Maybe not with a phone call but with the lack of a smile, with a harsh word, with an apathetic look, or with an uncaring tone. How many times have I not been loving when I had the opportunity to be Jesus in skin? How many times have I been too busy to notice I could make an impact, even in a small way?
Jesus in skin—that’s who we are every time we put our feet on the ground as we get out of bed. Whether we are in our homes, in our churches, or in the grocery store, we can be Jesus in skin.
I had an experience not too long ago that really made me think. I had seen a woman every so often at her place of work for the past four years or so, and I always thought she was mean. Sadly, that was my impression of her. No matter how nice I was to her (or anyone else I saw her interact with), she was cold. The other day I found out she is a Christian and has been for years. I was shocked! I realized that I never want anyone to be shocked because they just found out I’m a Christian.
The Bible says we will know believers by their fruit. I have to ask myself: What is my fruit? Will people recognize me as someone who loves the Lord, or will they be shocked to find out I do? So, like Galatians 5:22–23 says, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
My prayer is that each and every day I will be mindful of the fact that people are watching me. They are watching to see if I practice what I preach. They are watching to see if I really care about others. They are watching to see if people that follow Jesus really do what He asks them to do—love one another. My prayer is that I am mindful of Jesus and that others see Him in me.