“Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.” – Luke 12:1-3
This should be a sobering thought, brethren. Jesus knows our every thought and every action. Unlike our friends and family, we cannot escape his watchful eye. Oh, we can deceive ourselves into thinking that no one knows, but it is just that, self-deception. We can fool the preacher or the other people at church, they may never know, but we cannot fool God.
God has to know what we are doing and thinking for several reasons. First, he is omnipotent and omniscient. That is, he is all-powerful and all-knowing. It is just the way he is by virtue of being God. Second, he needs to know because there will be a day of judgment in which we will be judged based upon our actions, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10) That means ALL things done in the body, not just the good ones, or the ones at church or around other Christians. God is not just looking to punish us, he is looking to reward us – remember, he also sees all of the good things that we do, “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:3-4) One other important reason that God needs to know what we are doing is for the purposes of repentance. Yes, repentance. Repentance is a prerequisite for salvation, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:2-3) God wants to know when we have truly repented for it is only then that he will grant us forgiveness.
So, what are you doing and thinking in private? What kinds of things are you doing when you are away from other Christians? How is your speech when you are at work? Is it what God would want it to be? What do you do when you are with friends who are not Christians? What about with friends who are Christians? Is it what God would want it to be? Do you act differently with certain brethren than with others? Is it what God would want it to be? How do you act when you are on vacation? Is it what God would want it to be? What do you think about? What occupies your private thoughts? Is it what God would want it to be?
Are you who God wants you to be? Are you really trying to be? Think about it.