We may think that no one is watching because no one is around while we are serving, but God sees, and God knows what you are doing. He is the most important one to please. Matthew 6:1 says, “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.”
One of my classes in 7th grade was music. Ugh, I did not like that class. I seriously could not understand anything in the class. I would cut up, be silly, and make jokes about how easy this class was. However, deep down inside I was panicking because I had no clue and I did not want others to think I was dumb or anything. So instead of asking the teacher for some help, I took it upon myself to cheat off of a friend’s test. I got a “C.” Man, I was so proud that I did not get caught and I got a passing grade. I felt like, “Boom, you do not know me, I totally get this class.” No one knew. Well, guess what? God knew! At that time of my life, I did not know that God knew, but He knew.
After the test, I started to feel guilty, I still did not understand what the class was doing, and I could not pass another test because it was based off the first test. I was in some serious trouble here. I did not want to tell the teacher that I cheated. I did not want everyone to know that I was not getting the class. I did not want to be known as the slow girl, but I surely was not able to go any further. So, after God flooded my heart with the truth of what I did, I went to the teacher, explained my situation, admitted that I cheated, conveyed that no one else knew and that I was clueless on what to do next. Thank goodness my teacher had some grace in his veins and did not have me suspended or fail me for cheating. He explained to me that I would be allowed to retake the test. I retook it and received a “B.” It was crazy good news.
I realized that just because I thought no one saw anything or knew that I cheated, God knew. Although it appeared I got away with something and I was not viewed as the slow one in the class, God knew. I believe He put the Holy Spirit in my heart to convict me into telling the truth. I would have never done that if I knew someone was watching me. I tried to play the part of understanding the class. I never wanted to need anyone’s help. I tried to convey that I could do anything by myself and everyone would then look at me with respect and amazement. I was surprised to be reminded that God saw and sees everything. He knows everything. He knows your heart. I think back and wonder what would have happened if I would have spoken up and asked questions. Maybe I could have helped someone else in the class who was struggling as well. I am sure there were others who did not understand all the material. I am sure I was not the only one.
I read an article (bible.org) that said biblical integrity is not just doing the right thing. It is a matter of having the right heart and allowing the person you are on the inside to match the person you are on the outside. I did not want my teacher or classmates to think of me as the dumb one, so I cheated, but what I also did was show that I was a cheater. It was the wrong choice. I am thankful that God and the teacher forgave me.
Psalm 139:1-6 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.”
How awesome to know that God is watching you at all times. I think we as people would act and feel different if we knew God Almighty knew what we were doing. God has called us to serve one another. Sometimes we get to serve when folks are watching, and sometimes we get to serve when no one is watching (of course, except for God).