Living in a Glass House

I live in a glass house … and so do you.

Hang around pastors’ wives very long, and inevitably someone will make a comment about the difficulty of living in a “glass house.” She’s commenting on how hard we find it to live up to the higher standard of behavior a church or community expects from its spiritual leader and his family.

I hate to break it to you, but the pastor and his family aren’t the only ones who live in a glass house. If you’re a Christian, you do, too. And more than the community is watching you. God watches.

For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all your paths (Proverbs 5:21).

Proverbs 15:3 echoes the fact: The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

While we should care what others think of our behavior, what really matters is what God thinks about it. Leviticus 19:2 instructs us to be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy. Holy. Wow.

How in the world am I going to live in a glass house with the holy, pure, spotless, perfect Lord of the universe peering down on me through my glass ceiling? This news is worse than Santa Claus! Remember: He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.

Thankfully, there’s hope. God wants us to be holy because his reputation depends on it. (After all, he’s our Father, and kids should never bring shame on their parents.) Holiness is also good for us. If we obey God’s instructions for righteous living, our lives will be better, cleaner, happier, safer, healthier, and more fulfilled. God knows we’re frail.

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust (Psalm 103:13-14).

He’s given us the power to be holy. And the good news is, we don’t have to try, fail, try harder, and fail again, in a neverending cycle of frustration. Philippians 2:13 reminds us that it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

As we yield ourselves to God and feed our spirits, letting the Word of Christ dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16), God begins to change, mature, and make us holy.

God has the responsibility to grow us. We don’t have to sweat to make it happen any more than a peach tree has to strain to bring forth peaches. Fruit comes as the tree matures. So welcome to the glass house. It’s a good place to live with God watching over us.

He (God) who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion. Philippians 1:6

Your Turn

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In what ways do you feel as if you live in a glass house?


by Lori Hatcher

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Lori is an author, blogger, and women’s ministry speaker. She shares an empty nest in Columbia, South Carolina, with her ministry and marriage partner, David, and best dog ever, Winston. She’s the editor of Reach Out, Columbia magazine, and has authored two devotional books. You’ll find her pondering the marvelous and the mundane on her blog, Hungry for God. . . Starving for Time . Connect with her on Facebook (Hungry for God), Twitter (@lorihatcher2) or by email (

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Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions ( and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.

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