Good morning! Yesterday, we finished up 1 Corinthians chapter 3 with who we belong to. Today, we will continue to expand on the fact that ministers for Christ are servants and are responsible to God. Join me as we continue in 1 Corinthians chapter four.
“So look at Apollos and me as mere servants of Christ who have been put in charge of explaining God’s mysteries. 2 Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. 3 As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. 4 My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.
5 So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.” – 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 NLT
In these verses Paul continued to explain that all ministers are servants of God. There interests should not be self-serving but motivated by serving God. His primary concern was faithful teaching of the gospel message. Paul didn’t get distracted or discouraged by other people’s opinions of him, because he remained focused on serving God and trusting God to be the judge.
Sisters and brothers, you may not be an official minister, but God has entrusted you with the truth of the gospel message. He has unveiled our eyes so that we can experience His glorious truth and grace. As we serve in whatever capacity (e.g., in the church, community, job, school) do it all for the glory of the God, not as followers of others, but for the glory of God.
Are you ready? Ask God, how can you serve Him today?
Father God, thank you for today’s verses. Thank you for reminding us that we should seek no glory of our own, but to serve you with the gifts you have freely given us. Lord, thank you for the ministers, Bible teachers and Christian leaders around the world who stepped out in faith and said yes to you no matter the cost. Lord, thank you for the example of Apostle Paul and his endless mission to address the church, its members and remain faithful to your word as a servant for Christ. Lord, continue to work in us and direct us each day to follow after you. Lord, we need you. Continue to surround us with your peace when chaos ensues. Keep us firmly rooted in your word and unmoved/unshaken by the distractions of the enemy. Lord, we desire to live for you and share your word boldly and faithfully. Equip us for the task for we are willing to humbly submit ourselves to you and serve. In Jesus name, amen.
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