12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
-How many of us only work hard when we know someone is watching? Even those among us who are truly diligent workers tend to work a little harder when someone is over our shoulder. Notice how Paul’s admonition to the Church of Philippi stands in contrast to such wisdom. Paul instructs the church that as hard as they worked when he was around, they should be working that much harder after he is gone. It is said that character is defined by how we act when we think no one is watching; how many of us will be ashamed one day when God gives the record of our activities when we thought no one was around? “For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.” (Luke 12:2)