This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. it is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

- 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

Paul starts out with such good news in this passage: we have been entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. I lose sight of this all of the time. God does not have to reveal Himself to me nor does He have to make Truth known to me. It is something very special that God entrusts us with those mysteries. We get to decide what we do with that trust. Paul says that we should prove faithful. In truly recognizing what God has given us, we must be faithful to show that we understand what He has given us.

Paul then goes on to talk about judgment. It is very easy for us to judge not only others but also ourselves. However, that is not our place nor is it the proper time to be judged. Paul tells us to judge nothing before the appointed time. Our job is not to determine the job that we're doing with what we've been entrusted with. We can just strive to be faithful with what we have been entrusted with.

How will God judge? The Lord will come and expose the things that are hidden and darkness and expose motives of the heart. We cannot see the hearts of others so we have no grid to make judgments from. Another thing, Paul points out is that he has a clear conscience, but that does not make him innocent. Even though we are refraining from judgment of ourselves, we must recognize that it does not indicate that our heart is always pure. It does mean that since the Lord is our judge, we do not help any situation by judging or being hard on ourselves. Let us give up control of the things that are not ours and allow God to determine what is just.

God, give me faith to believe that you are a just God and that your judgments are proper. I thank you that it is not my job to judge a person's heart not even myself. Give me eyes to see what I can control, and refine my heart in the process. Expose things to me that I need to see. Make my heart pure. Amen.

- Daniel Bailey