We make a lot of judgments in life. Some of those are about other people. The Corinthian believers were not sure what to make of the Apostle Paul. The group of believers were divided, fleshly, and immature. Paul writes and says that their assessment of him was irrelevant. He should be perceived as he was, a servant of Christ and a steward of the mysteries of God. In these areas, there are few in history that even come close to equal Paul. But, beyond that, Paul reminds them of his great love and investment in their lives. What a great lens to look through- who around me is a servant of Christ and has invested in my life? How about your life? I hope I am a pastor that is a ‘father’ to many, helping them mature in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus.
This is the way any person is to regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy. But to me it is an insignificant matter that I would be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself; however I am not vindicated by this, but the one who examines me is the Lord. 1 Corinthians 4:2-4 NASB
Who have you appointed in my life as a father in the faith? Who would refer to me that way? Am I a faithful servant and steward?
God, as this day begins- I am sitting in the airport ready to depart for Maui! How wonderful. May I be that servant of Christ and steward of the mysteries of God, helping many grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Use my life as a testimony. I come before You for affirmation and correction. Lead and guide me daily and help me become the person You want me to be. Amen.