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"Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord" (Col. 3:22).

The verse is talking about how to be a faithful, responsible servant. It tells how to get favor with your boss if you're an employee, or with your parents in your home.

Responsibility is doing the right thing even without being told. You know it's the right thing to get dressed so you do it, even though there's no one to tell you every day to get your clothes on.

One way of showing maturity and demonstrating how well you handle responsibility is by doing what you're asked to do or what you know is right even no one's eye is on you.

A mark of maturity as a Christian is being responsible for your actions and doing the right thing when no one else is around.

I want you to be honest with yourself and write down a few things that you have done when no one was looking that you knew weren't right. When you get to this point as you continue to grow in the Lord, you shouldn't be dealing with huge things like, "I had sex when I thought I wouldn't get caught." Hopefully you have already dealt with those kinds of actions, thoughts, and behaviors.

Write down things that you have done recently. Now repent and ask the Lord to forgive you. Make a commitment to do things the right way whether your boss or anybody else is looking or not. You're on your way to maturity as a believer.

Memorize Colossians 3:22 right now. Say it out loud or to yourself whenever you're tempted to do wrong when no one is looking.

Source: Mature Christians Are Boring People...And Other Myths About Maturity In Christ by Ron Luce.
Excerpt permission granted by Teen Mania

Author Biography

Ron Luce
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Ron Luce was the co-founder's and president of Teen Mania Ministries from 1986-2015. Ron and his wife Katie dreamed to raise up young people who would change the world.
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