People are Watching

My lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are on you, to tell them who will sit
on the throne of my lord the king after him.

If you do not act, my son Solomon and I will be treated as criminals
as soon as my lord the king has died.”
~1  KINGS 1:20 (HSCB), 21 (NLT)

Does it bother you, that in this information age, everyone seems to be gathering mountains of data on everything you do?  If you’re shopping for shoes online, next thing you know your computer says, “If you like that, then you may be interested in this.” Google, Amazon, Facebook¸and other online sources are busy tracking everything you say, like and do online. I found this just now online: Information about you, what you buy, where you go, even where you look is the oil that fuels the digital economy.”  It seems the eyes of the whole world are on you.


David was the godly, brilliant king who led Israel into its golden age.   He is the king Scripture always points to as the standard every other king would be measured by.  But in his later years, when his strength and energy were waning, things got a little sketchy.  He had promised long before that his son, Solomon, would sit on the throne after him.  But now that the time was at hand, David’s eldest son, Adonijah, was making a bid for the throne and was about to wreak havoc in the kingdom.  David seemed listless, complacent, or perhaps even impotent to circumvent what was brewing.


It was here that Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, stepped in to let David know exactly what was going on and what was at stake.  David was the king.  The entire nation could sense the tension and was watching to see what the king would do.


Thankfully, David did rise to the occasion.  The coup was snuffed out and Solomon became king, but not before much damage was done and relationships irreparably fractured.  His hesitancy exacted from his family and the nation a pretty hefty price.


This is true of all those in leadership positions—especially in the church.  We should not be surprised that a skeptical and jaded world looks scrutinizingly at us.  In fact, we should expect it and welcome it.  It was our Lord Jesus who said, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matt. 5:16—ESV)


Peter tells us essentially the same thing:  “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors.  Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when He judges the world” (1 Peter 2:12—NLT).  The world is watching.


We need to be reminded continually, especially those of us who lead others (parents, teachers, elders, preachers, elder brothers, elder sisters, employers and manager, etc.), that people are watching.  They are always watching.  What we do, why and how we do it, really does matter.  Contrary to what we tend to think, it really is their business.  It is a key part of our testimony and influence for which we will be held accountable by God.


Never underestimate the influence God has granted you within the lives of others.  It is a divine trust.  Indecision in crucial moments or seasons is both costly and demoralizing to those who look to you for wisdom and direction.  We must always seek God’s face and will.  After that, we must fulfill our responsibility by acting within His will, bringing encouragement, hope, confidence and direction into the lives of those we lead.


God has called us to REACH HIGHER in leadership, wherever that may be.  It may be the church, the workplace or the home.  What you do matters.  How you do it matters.  The decisions you make matter.  People are watching.