1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they should be found trustworthy. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself. I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgement before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation from God.
Word of Hope
Paul’s words here taken from the context of a discussion of the ministry of the Apostles, seem to apply to all believers. While Paul has been talking to the Corinthian church about how they should be cautious in judging their leaders, and it seems to me, themselves. Paul goes on to say how he applied these admonitions to himself and his compatriot Apollos.
How often are we judgmental about others, ourselves, and especially those in leadership in regards to church matters? The sermon is too long; some person is not dressed properly; I forgot to get the Pack the Pantry goods. I could name lots of other things I have heard and been guilty of myself.
Paul says we are not to pronounce judgment. That’s what God will do. He implies that God knows and will reveal motivations of which we are not aware of existing. Modern psychology tells us that that we often are not even aware of our own hearts. How then can we know the hearts of others?
God does and will give commendation.
Great Creator you know our hearts, our minds, our very being. Give us hearts for you; give us minds for service. Help us be trustworthy stewards of your love with our very being.
Order of Saint Francis and Saint Clare