Secret shopper. Anyone who has worked in retail knows those two words were the scariest words to hear. When I was in high school I worked retail and sometimes our corporate office would send a “secret shopper” to shop in our location. Our managers knew that a secret shopper was coming, but didn’t know exactly when. They would make sure we cleaned perfectly, took exact breaks, and worked by the book.
One night in our pre-shift meeting as the manager was explaining expectations in light of the secret shopper, one of my co-workers said, “What if we worked everyday like the secret shopper was coming?”
When we were hired we were expected to do a job at a standard laid out for us. The same applies to our walk with Christ. If we live daily with the anticipation and expectation of Christ’s return, His return will be something we rejoice over. We are to live our lives so that when Christ returns, we will be unashamed before Him (1