Verse of the day
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.
One of the things that a believer must gain practical freedom from is the concern about men’s judgement and opinion. In truth, we have been freed from this at the Cross but like most Cross-bought gifts, we would have to walk with the Spirit to find the practical fulfilment in our lives.
An even greater dimension of this is the freedom from the judgements of our own selves such that even when our heart condemns or approves us, we know God is greater than our heart. It is important for us that we become so God-conscious and spiritually objective that what matters most to us is God’s thoughts and judgement about us. It is good that we see His Word as the final authority in our lives: not our thoughts, men’s opinion, nor external conditions.
Apostle Paul commended Apollo and himself to the Corinthians as servants of God and “stewards of the mysteries of God”. This can be seen as a heavy responsibility to attribute oneself to; yet, it is, as we know, the truth. And oh, how good for us to understand that true humility is about being truthful. Humility is not bringing yourself lower or thinking of yourself lower than you are, it is looking at the truth with objectivity i.e. separation from “self”.
The key to true humility then is “seeing as God sees”. As the apostle continues in verse 4, “He who judges me is the Lord”. He had come to a place where only God’s judgments and opinions mattered to him. And so must we.
When we stop looking to men, even ourselves for validation or criticism, when our eyes are completely taken off anyone and anything and fixed on God, we see as we ought. This frees us to love God with reckless abandon. It relieves us of withholding love from people. It causes us to be as God has made us to be – free!
And we walk in this freedom by constantly beholding the face of the One before whom we stand.
References: 1 John 3:19-20
Father, help me see as You see. Let your thoughts and presence become real to me than mine or others’.
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