People love serial dramas. We used to call them "soap operas" because they aired during the daytime supported by the makers of laundry and other soaps. Since the characters are not real, it's not gossip when we talk about the latest romantic interest of the Good Wife or say "OMG, did Madam Secretary's daughter kissed the president's son. Doesn't she know how messed up he is? What is she thinking?"
I've been reading 1 Peter and wondering if my life is a soap opera. Here is what he says,
This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward. They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen. 1 Peter 1:10-12 NLTDid you get that? Angels are watching us. Are we their soap opera? In Hebrews 11 we are told that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. There is no secret sin, failure or small act of faithfulness and love that is not witnessed.
Do we live in a fishbowl? I think we do. Our lives and the outcome of our choices deeply matter to the Universe. We're not a curiosity. We place a key role in struggle between good and evil, God and Satan. The witnesses are not dispassionate, curious and uncaring. They are our teammates, those who want us to win, who want the team to win. They wear the same uniform. They may be on the bench but they are deeply invested in the outcome of our lives. The angels watch intently so that they may learn about God's grace and understand the salvation He has provided for mankind.
I am tempted to think that my small life does not matter at all. My life is of interest to angels and there are witnesses who are cheering for me. My life matters.