Anyone can grab a microphone and share a message on stage about what living for Christ looks like.
Anyone can post inspirational quotes and Bible verses on their social media feeds about God.
All of those things are good, but I have been learning that there are a lot more things that are more important in this life than impressing people with who we are in public.
It’s honoring God with who we are in private.
People judge us by our personalities and our reputations and what kind of person we seem to be in their eyes, but God? He judges us by our heart and our motives and who we are behind closed doors.
Character goes beyond where we happen to find ourselves on Sunday morning where everyone sees us.
It’s where we find ourselves on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night when no one is watching.
Abraham Lincoln says “you are only what you are when no one is looking” and I couldn’t agree more.
We learn growing up what it means to put our best foot forward.
Children are taught how to be well-behaved in a crowd.
And we should put our best foot forward and be well-behaved but not simply for the crowd, but for every single moment of our lives, especially when nobody is watching.
“Being a Christian behind closed doors is just as important if not more than when you are in public.” –Nate Farely
Have you thought about what God will say to you when you meet Him face to face?
Not what your neighbors, your friends, or even your family will say about you.
Not what the people who see you looking all dressed up and nice at church on Sunday morning will say about you.
But God himself.
The One who doesn’t just see who you are in public, but the One who sees you in private.
Behind closed doors.
When nobody else does.
And not only does He see what you do in secret, He also knows your thoughts and your every motive for your deeds.
We can fool people with our actions but we can never fool God.
He sees the person you are on Sunday morning and the person you are on Friday night.
He listens to the message you preach during your weekly Bible study and He sees whether or not you actually live it out with your life.
He sees whether or not the tithe you give is out of guilt or out love.
He sees whether He’s just one on your priority list to check off or the center of your life.
He sees it all.
And when we stand before Him on that day He won’t be judging us based on the person we wanted to be or the person we pretended to be in front of others.
He will be judging us based on the person we truly are. (Romans 14:12)
He will judge us based on His Word.
Did we use our words to bring blessing or a curse to the people around us? (James 3:1-9)
Were we His hands and feet to the needy people in the world or did we just pass them by?
Did we share the goods news of the gospel to those around us or did we keep it all inside because of inconvenience or fear? (Matthew 28:18-20)
Did we spend most of our time dedicated to pursuing His desires and will or ours?
In the end, when all is said in done… will you be satisfied with you are?
If you were to stand in front of God’s throne today would hold your head high in confidence or hang your head low in shame with the account He will give?
When He replays your history in front of all the witnesses to see with absolutely nothing to hide will you proud of the person you were inside?
With the thoughts you allowed to enter your mind?
With how you spent every minute of your time?
With the motives of your heart?
Or would you wish that you could go back and change your story?
Would you wish you could press rewind and edit out a few parts?
Would you wish you could re-start and live life better the second time around?
I don’t know about you but when I meet Jesus face to face I don’t want to have too many regrets.
I want to be happy with the person I was not on the outside, but on the inside.
I want to live my life caring less about whether I impress people and more about whether or not I honor God.
I want to live with pure motives, gracious giving, and a loving heart.
I want to be proud of myself and who I am behind closed doors more than who I am in public.
I want my character and Christ within me to shine brighter than my personality, my words, or my good works.
I want God, not the world to see, that I am the same girl during the week as I am on Sunday morning.
This week my challenge to all of us is that we will strive to be more like Christ every day so that we can live out our faith honoring God privately more than we do publically. Be blessed and walk faithfully with God! -Anna… ♥
“Be the same person privately, publically, and personally” -Judah Smith