All of us at one time or another has seen a child do something when he/she thought no one was looking. I am also certain that even as adults, we have done something then immediately looked around to make sure no one saw us. Many times it is just a simple embarrassing goof-up, but sadly at other times it is something far more sinister. We are careful to make sure we are on our best behavior when around certain people or certain places, but when no one’s looking (or at least when we think no one is looking) we engage in an action that we would never do while around others.
In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians, Paul addresses this idea in more or less terms, once in chapter one, verse twenty-seven, and then again in chapter two, verse twelve. Paul was simply telling them that whether I am there with you and watching you, or if I am somewhere else and cannot see you, act the way you know you are supposed to act. In fact in chapter one verse twenty-seven, Paul begins by saying, “Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ.” He was telling the Philippians there is a certain way you need to conduct yourselves whether I am there or not, whether I am looking or not.
What about us, do we act differently when we are around certain people, do we put our best foot forward when assembling with the saints, but come Monday act completely different? This is unbecoming of a Christian, and certainly is not in accordance with conducting oneself in a manner that is “worthy of the gospel of Christ.” That is why it is necessary to “always obey” (Philippians 2:12), regardless of our company. If our company is causing us problems (1 Corinthians 15:33), then maybe we ought to find new company. As Christians we are the temple of God (2 Corinthians 6:17) thus, God dwells in us (same verse). Therefore, we have an obligation to “come out from among them,” that is separate ourselves from the world. “For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness” (2 Corinthians 6:14); do we live in the world, yes; do we associate with things of the world, yes; do we act like the world, NO!
You have the responsibility to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). It does not matter who is looking, or who you are with, but remember this one thing, even when you think no one is looking someone always is. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). So, what are you doing when no one is looking?