THEY’RE ALWAYS WATCHING AND LISTENING

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 nonbelievers in the secular workplaces where I’ve worked to realize that I was different. I didn’t participate in the jokes, the dirty language or the criticism of the management. I didn’t judge my coworkers for their behavior, because they were merely acting the way they should act as people who did not have Christ in their lives.
 
I viewed my coworkers as prisoners awaiting their salvation, and I thought I might be the instrument to lead them to their Savior. In the workplace, I was often known as the “religious guy.” It wasn’t because I was particularly vocal or because I tried to separate myself; it just happened naturally.
 
Having Christ in me naturally made me stand out. Jesus called us to be the salt and light of any life situation. Because the secular workplace economy is contrary to the kingdom of God economy, it is only natural that we should 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 listening.
 
No matter where you are, others are watching you to determine if your faith is real or if you’re an imposter. The world is looking to discredit your faith. You are a witness always, whether or not you choose to be.
 
“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. The prisoners are always watching and listening.

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.


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