“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God. ” (1 Corinthians 4:5)
We may be able to evaluate what people do, but we cannot evaluate the motive of why they do it. Only God can.
Some believers give up certain pleasures and activities because they don’t want it to interfere with their spiritual lives . Someone might look at them and say’ “They missed out big time!”
Or, when someone with leaves a promising career decides instead to go to into fulltime ministry, someone might say, “Are they nuts, that don’t pay squat!”
Still others will decide to simply live for themselves and do whatever they want to do with their lives. And then God may ask you, “I gave you life, what did you do with it?”
Let’s not be so quick to judge another person’s heart. We can’t see his or her heart. Rather, let’s judge our own hearts and why we do things. The apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Corinth, “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God” (1 Corinthians 4:5).
I think that one day, the people who took the time for God’s Word, for worship, and for serving the Lord will be glad they did. And I also think the people who didn’t take time for those things, will realize how much they wish they had with their lives.
It has been said, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do.”
“We can’t change the past. But we can decide what we are going to do in the present and how we are going to live in the future.”
Heavenly Father, Thank you for loving me enough to sacrifice Your Son to be able to wash away my sins so that I would have the opportunity to have a relationship with You. Thank you for Your Word that shows me the way to live a Christ centered life. Thank you for Your Spirit that allows me to live a life where I can make a choice to share what You did for me to a lost and dying world. Please help me to continually examine my life and make sure I am not neglecting the areas where I could do something to glorify You Lord. Please give me daily courage and strengh. Continue to shape me more into the image of Your Son so that I may help others as You did me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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