1 Corinthians 4:9
“For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.”
Have you ever looked at a screen and had a hard time seeing the picture clearly because it was dirty or not displaying the contents it was supposed to display clearly? It can be frustrating trying to look through whatever it is that is causing the screen not to display clearly. On the other hand, there is nothing like looking at a screen that displays the picture or content clearly; it is easy to read or enjoyable to watch.
God says, “…we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.” The word “spectacle” means, a theatre. In other words, our life is a theatre for others to watch. God says that three groups are watching our life. The world is watching what we do, the angels of Heaven are watching what we do, and individuals are watching what we do. Your desire should be that you put on the right performance for the world and individuals to see. However, what does it take to be a good spectacle?
Doing God’s will for your life is necessary to be a good spectacle. There is nothing worse than reading a book and the main character doesn’t match the plot that they were supposed to fulfill. Likewise, you can become a big disappointment to the world if your life doesn’t match what God made you to be. The verse above says that “God hath set forth us.” In other words, God has a purpose for your life. Your life will be a poor display for Christ to the world if you are not living in His will. I don’t care if you are a plumber, carpenter, secretary, doctor or preacher, you better be sure that you are doing God’s will for your life.
Furthermore, you better be sure that while you do His will that you are being what He wills for you to do. For instance, a power saw was designed to cut wood. I can certainly take a power saw and try to drive a nail in the wood, but the saw is designed to cut wood and not to hammer nails. You were not only designed to be something, but to do something. While you are being what God’s will is for your life, you better be sure that you are doing what He wants you to do. God’s will for your life may be to be a lay person in the church, but His will is also for you to reach the lost. You may be what your are supposed to be, but are you doing what you are supposed to do? Are you praying and reading the Scriptures daily? Are you reaching the lost for Jesus Christ? Are you living a holy life? It is fine to be doing what God made you to do, but you better do what your designed will was intended to do and that is to please God by living according to the Scriptures.
My friend, you will never be the spectacle to the world, angels and men that you are supposed to be until you are willing to be a fool for Christ’s sake. It comes down to whether your desires are to please man or God. If your desire is to please man, you will do what you want to do and be what the world wants you to be. On the other hand, if your desire is to please God, you will do what He placed you on Earth to do, and you will be what it takes to perform that will properly. By the way, if you are the spectacle you are supposed to be, the world will look at you as a fool. My question for you is this, is your life a good display for Christ? Let me encourage you to change whatever may be causing your display to be unclear so that the world can see a clear picture of Christ through your life.