I have to tell you, I love His timing. It is always perfect. I so needed this message today. In fact, I'm going to print it off, carry one with me, and leave a copy on my desk. It's a great reminder. There are times when it is too easy to slip into the world. Lately I've been struggling. I wish it was easy to be like Christ. I wish it was easy to never let the worldly ways get the best of us. But sometimes it does happen. So this is a perfect reminder. My prayer is that it may reach out and help others that may be struggling as well.
This message comes from Prime Time With God: TGIF by OS Hillman, (Today God Is First). Don't you just love the title of this? I always find such uplifting messages in there. Here is the message of today:
They're Always Watching and Listening TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman02-12-2009
"About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them" (Acts 16:25-26).
It didn't take long for non-believers to realize I was different in the secular workplaces where I've worked. I didn't participate in the jokes, the dirty language, or criticism of management. I didn't judge them for their behavior because they were merely acting the way they should act as one who does not have Christ in their life. I viewed them as prisoners awaiting their salvation and that I might be the instrument to lead them to my Savior.
I would often be known as the "religious guy." It wasn't because I was particularly vocal or I tried to separate myself; it happened naturally. The Christ in me naturally made me stand out. Jesus called us to be the "salt and light" of any life situation. The secular workplace economy is contrary to the Kingdom of God economy so we should naturally stand out in any situation.
When Paul and Silas were in prison their lifestyle of worship and prayer in the midst of the horrible conditions of a dirty prison stood out in stark contrast to their circumstances. They didn't pray and sing to impress their cellmates, they simply did what was natural to them. Still, "the other prisoners were watching and listening."
No matter where you are, others are watching you to determine if your faith is real or if you're an impostor. The world is looking to discredit your faith. You are a witness always whether you choose to be or not.
"The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?'" (Acts 16:29-30). When you begin to reflect the love and power of Christ in your life you won't have to have an evangelism program to win others into the Kingdom. It will be a fruit of your life. The "fish" will actually jump into the boat!
Beware how you conduct your life today. Because the prisoners are watching and listening.