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 till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.
Clearly Paul never worked in the Kingdom for the praise of men – but for God. He was a God-pleaser and not a man-pleaser (Galatians 1:10). He has been given a trust and felt required to prove himself faithful… just not to people! He was concerned with the ultimate Judge who will one day separate the sheep and the goats (Matthew 25), giving praise to one and condemnation to the other. Paul said that he didn’t even judge himself. His posture was to serve Christ wholeheartedly, proving himself faithful as a steward of that trust. He did not judge himself but left that to the Lord.
Maybe this is the reality of the Gospel in Paul’s life and mine. I am not innocent. I am guilty – and yet my conscience is clear! My guilt and sin has been placed on the sacrificial Lamb. He has died for my junk – so while I am not innocent, my conscience is clear. Before the Judge I’ve been set free from the penalty of my guilt.
What does a freed guilty person do? Live free! He proves himself faithful for such a gift.
Father – thank You for this good news! I live for Your glory today.