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How Am I Regarded?

Friday, February 21st, 2020

In 1 Corinthians 3 Paul addresses the tendency we have of elevating religious teachers and leaders to a status more exalted than God intended; as well as the danger of these men & women exalting themselves to a level of pride which can cause division as in Corinth.

Beginning in chapter 4 Paul clarifies the role and accompanying humility we all have as Christians, including himself and his co-workers.

“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and
stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of
stewards that they be found trustworthy.” 1 Cor. 4:1,2 (ESV)

Beginning in verse 3 Paul addresses the fact that we all tend to examine others and self with flawed vision.

“But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you
or any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. I am not
aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted.
It is the Lord who judges me.” 1 Cor. 4:3,4 (ESV)

In these four verses, we are reminded of the fact that we are being examined (watched) by others, and opinions are formed by what is seen in our lives. This examination is three-fold. We are watched by others (v.3); we are observed by God (v. 4,5); and self-examination is also prominent (v. 3c, 4)

Whether we like it or not, the fact is we are being watched constantly and opinions are being formed about us by what others see in our behavior. It is also possible (likely) that our personal introspection is flawed (Jer. 17:9). The only trustworthy exam, the one we should be most concerned about, is the Lord’s. Yes, He is watching us too!

The fact of these exams is not condemned. Rather, it serves as a reminder that we are to first look into the “perfect law of liberty” (James 1:25) being “a doer that worketh” then we will appear before others as Christ-like individuals. We must be intentional in this matter making it our aim daily to behave in a manner bringing glory to God.

Here are some helpful questions we can ask ourselves. Do I have the integrity Paul speaks of in verse 2? Does my heart match what people see (cf v.5)? My conduct; i.e. Am I walking in love, light, and wisdom (Eph. 5)? Am I intentional, seeking opportunities to grow and “let my light shine”? Is my house the Lord’s house (Psalms 112)?

Can we say like Paul, “be ye imitators of me” (1 Cor. 4:16)?