Paul states a very important principle for us to consider in the book of Philippians that we would like to consider for a little while. Notice what the text says in, Philippians 2:12-13:
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.“
The Philippian brethren had obeyed while Paul was in their midst, but Paul was more thankful that they were obeying in his absence. The brethren had developed what we could call a “God consciousness.” It is that awareness that God is ever present, in all places, at all times. When one lives with the knowledge and understanding that God is ever present, and that his all seeing eye is watching you, one will seek to live faithfully before God Almighty. The Christian is fully aware that God has the ability to see all, as the Hebrew 4:13 states, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” The child of God knows that it is utterly useless and vain to try to hide anything from God. God has that ability to see everything that we are doing, saying, yes even thinking. Sometimes we will seek to be conscientious when brethren are around, but what about when we are all alone, that is when this “God consciousness” is important.
Being conscious suggests the idea of being aware, cognizant, alert and attentive, that God is watching you. When we develop this sense of God consciousness then wherever we go and whatever we do, we know that God is able to see it all, and this will persuade us to live a godly, holy, righteous life in this world.