I Corinthians 4:4-5
4 This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 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. (New International Version)
1. Do you trust yourself more than others?
2. Do you judge yourself more than you judge others?
3. Do you find your feelings determining the actions you will take?
When Paul was questioned about his apostleship, he made one thing clear. He didn’t sit around every day wondering if he was absolutely called in any particular moment to be an apostle. God had in fact called him to the role of apostleship. He certainly didn’t go looking for it. Actually, he considered himself the very least of the apostles, and in fact the chief of sinners. Nonetheless he lived each day as best he could before God, not worrying about what others thought about him.
Each day is new. Each day is full of opportunities. And for sure, each day has enough troubles of its own. Come one now, think about this for a second. Do you really expect every person to like you? Agree with you? Follow you? Listen to your rants?
Each day we are each called, as far as it depends on us, to live at peace with all people, including ourselves.
No, of course we don’t hold all the cards. We cannot control what others will do to us or think about us. That part surely isn’t rocket science to any of us!
Friends, this is the day the Lord has made. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is not here…
— Quit kicking yourself about what you did yesterday.
— Quit worrying about what might happen tomorrow.
— Rather, embrace today — each minute, each moment surrendering your life to the Lord, with God’s help.
He’s the judge. And guess what? This judge is not mad at you. He loves you — right now! He loved you yesterday, and He will love you tomorrow. Case settled!
Today He wants you to live with a clear conscience and for you to quit judging every single thing you do. So relax; work hard; have some fun on this Monday! God has your back…