Somebody’s Always Watching

March 1st, 2015

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Philippians 1:12-30

When I was a child I was told to behave myself because “Somebody’s always watching.” I was never quite sure if they meant God or our neighbors. It may have been both, come to think of it.

What does it mean to “conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ”? Paul had just given his testimony from prison. Notice the words in Philippians 1:12-26 that clue us in to his attitude: “What has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel,” “[I] have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear,” “I am put here for the defense of the gospel,” “The important thing is that . . . Christ is preached,” “What has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance,” “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed,” and “To live is Christ and to die is gain.”

Certainly, a life lived with that kind of confident hope and eager expectation is worthy of the gospel of Christ. Paul could be counted among those who remembered “Somebody’s always watching.”

Author: Duane C. Brush


2 Responses to “Somebody’s Always Watching”

  1. Joan Tropeano Says:

    March 1st, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Dear Mr. Brush,

    After reading the above, I was reminded of a particular instance where at age 8, I sensed a presence, not sure at the time, of a being watching me. How comforting it was and significant to me.

    I just wanted to share this with you.

    Respectfully yours,

    Joan Tropeano

  2. Duane Brush Says:

    March 3rd, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Thanks Joan, I am reminded of the words of Psalm 121. Duane Brush

    Psalm 121
    A song of ascents.

    1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
    2 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

    3 He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
    4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

    5 The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
    6 the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

    7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
    8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

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