God has put us… on display… in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. (1 Co. 4:9 NIV)
The story of Job reveals that God and Satan are engaged in a cosmic contest. What is the prize? Our love. There is nothing more precious than love, and both God and Satan want all the love available in the universe, and the worship and glory that comes with it. As born-again Christians, we are uniquely able to choose who will get these precious gifts from our lives, because we are no longer only slaves to sin (Rom. 6:16-17), but can choose our master. When we choose to sin, we are forgiven, but the spiritual reality is that we have simply loved ourselves or the world, and thereby have loved evil and the evil one in the process. Make no mistake about it, our enemy gets a kick out of that and glory too. The “accuser of [the] brethren… who accuses [us] before our God day and night” (Rev. 12:10) has something to snicker and sneer about when those whom God has loved so much, do not love Him back.
According to the verse above, Paul understood that he was living his life on a stage, and that the hosts of Heaven and Hell were watching. Like performing in front of blinding lights, we cannot see our audience, but they can see us—all the time, even right now, and all throughout this day. And what they are watching for is how much we will love and trust a God we cannot see (1 Pet. 1:8).
What kind of bet could Satan make with God about us and win? Let’s resist sin even when no human is watching, because we know that Heaven and Hell are watching. Let’s worship God through our difficulties, knowing that such a response letsGodgloatandmakesSatancringe.Let’s be a star for God!