Friday, November 9, 2018

Receiving Praise From God

        "It does not concern me in the least that I be judged by you or any human tribunal; I do not even pass judgment on myself; I am not conscious of anything against me, but I do not thereby stand acquitted; the one who judges me is the Lord. Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God." (1 Corinthians 4:3-5)

        To preface, it should be noted that the context of this passage is about stewardship. From the viewpoint of oneself, this text of Scripture is a call to not evaluate (in a non-spiritual fashion) the quality of ministerial work. Themes of selflessness and humility are clearly being enforced here. All manner of teaching and preaching in the church is to be for the glory of God. We plant the seeds of conversion. It is He who causes the growth. It is He that justifies. His praise and approval is of greatest importance.

        From a general standpoint, this text serves as a condemnation of passing hasty or harsh judgments regarding the faithfulness of those who preach the counsel of the Lord. We do not know the intentions and desires of other people. Only God knows the hearts of men. He reveals truth. On Judgement Day, every person will be rewarded according to his or her deeds. God looks at our works in judgement because they are the evidence of our faithfulness to Him. They are descriptive of who we are as people. God will bestow praise accordingly to each believer.

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