Another thing that Paul tells Titus to be on the lookout for in the lives of people is their sense of fairness. The word “dikaios” in this context refers to that which is equitable and just and right in our dealings with others. Those who reflect this character trait are reflecting God’s nature and are excellent examples for others to follow. Paul focuses his attention on this when he writes to the Colossians. Colossae was a rich city. Philemon, the slave owner, lived there as did many other very wealthy families. Paul addresses them directly when he says, “Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven” (Colossians 4:1).

We’re all leaders and we all set an example whether we are aware of it or not. There are others watching us all the time and honesty is always the best policy. True leadership begins with character. Our behavior says so much more about us and teaches what we value so much more thoroughly than what we say, that one must be constantly aware of and in charge of their actions. I remember reading a story about Johnny. As young Johnny reached for the ringing phone one Saturday, his dad sighed through his teeth: “If it’s the guy from the office, tell him I’m not home.” That evening the family went out for dinner. Before leaving the restaurant, Johnny’s mother looked at the check and mentioned that the waitress had undercharged them. “That’s their tough luck,” mumbled the father. On the way home, they joked about the box that dad had bought for the dashboard of the car. He called it the “fuzz buster” and bragged that it had already paid for itself when considering the speeding tickets he might otherwise have received.
Later that night, as Johnny finished his Sunday-school lesson, he thought what a good Saturday it had been. How much better than last weekend—when his father had grounded him for cheating on his arithmetic test.

I can’t speak for everyone, but I agree with the guy who said, “The probability of someone watching you is proportional to the stupidity of your actions.” The more stupid the action, the more certain you can be that there are others watching you! But the Scriptures teach us to develop a character that’s the same whether someone is watching or not. We’re not supposed to be one way when others are watching us and another way when we’re alone.

“For God is closely watching you, and he weighs carefully everything you do.” Proverbs 5:21