Criticism

1 Corinthians 4:1-4

“Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” (vs1) Does this not also apply to anyone who has committed themselves to serve our Lord faithfully by communicating His revealed truth? “In this case, moreover, it is required in stewards that one be found trustworthy.” (vs2)

If we are to be found trustworthy stewards of truth, we will be dogmatic.  God’s word is inconvertible truth.  There is no greater authority than our Creator. Jesus delivered His Father’s message which His servants faithfully declare.  Stewards will have their trustworthiness challenged and their labors criticized. Thankfully Jesus reminds us to carefully consider these words written by Paul.

“But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord. (vs3-4)

Criticism is ONLY a reason to seek God’s clarification. Forget being the judge of others, we’re not even qualified to judge ourselves. With prejudice, we will excuse or justify our own behavior. Unless God examines me I would never know my condition. Criticism is simply an occasion to ask God for clarity. Perhaps there is need for change. Servants will also discover that criticism comes with the job, and that Jesus will be there encouraging faithfulness.

I thank each and every one of my readers. You’re my brothers and sisters, scattered throughout the world, whose presence has encouraged me to continue. Knowing that you are listening is both sobering and joyful. God has given me an opportunity to be found trustworthy, and sharing His mysteries with you brings me great joy. Thank you for letting me know that you’re there.

Your brother in Christ, Paul.