Read: Matthew 24:36–44

Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. Matthew 24:42–44

Jesus warns us to live the life of faith even when we don’t think anyone is watching. The warning is a bit alarming, but it alerts us to one of God’s deepest desires. God wants us to live as if we were in his presence even when Jesus is out of sight. It is most pleasing when the children play nice when they aren’t being watched—a parent’s truest pride . . . and God’s deepest desire.

How do you act when no one is watching you?

Lord, integrity is doing what is right and pleasing to You even when no one is watching me. I pray that I can develop that kind of integrity in all my life. In Jesusname, I pray. AMEN.