Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. (Philippians 2:12–13, NIV 1984).
My Musings – They say (whoever “they” are), that character is who you are when no one is watching. When those who would otherwise hold you accountable are absent. As important as accountability is, as Christians we really have no excuse to exhibit other than good character, whether in secret or public. Because the Holy Spirit resides within us, working “in [us] to will and to act according to [God’s] good purpose.” Unfortunately, it is often “much more” when we think He is present than when we think He is absent.
My Advice – In Junior High, I had a gym teacher who would often tell us, “remember boys, the LORD is counting,” whenever he told us to do so many push-ups or sit-ups.” The reality is He is always watching. Let’s not disappoint Him.