Saturday, January 21, 2017
UV 2181/10000 The Judgement
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God
I Corinthians 4 v 5
It is God’s prerogative to judge all things. We cannot usurp that power since all of us come under the purview of his judgement. Nothing is hidden from the eye of the Lord. Everything that is unknown or secret will be revealed or made manifest on the Day when Jesus comes again as Judge and King. He will even reveal the secrets and motives of the hearts of all mankind. A manger leader or manager is a shepherd-leader. He will not judge the servants of God or condemn them for he knows he has no right to do so. It is the right and power of the Chief Shepherd or Chief Manger Leader – Jesus. If we go ahead and judge others, then we too will be measured with the same yardstick or standard.
God in His mercy and judgement can choose whom He wants to choose and whom He wants to judge, whosoever He wants to reward. By grace we have escaped the judgement for punishment. By faith, we are to await the judgement of deeds and words for rewards. Our role and responsibility is to use our God-given abilities, talents, opportunities and resources to the maximum extent possible for the greater glory, honour of God and for immortality of our own souls and eternal life and eternal rewards in the life here and now as well as in the life hereafter. We need to do all the sowing of righteousness and hope that we can and wait patiently like a farmer for the harvest or reward of the crop or fruit of our lives.
We are to do nothing for the mere approval or popularity ratings of man but for the pleasure, commendation and approval of the Lord. The joy of the Lord is the ultimate as well as immediate strength of the manger leader or manager. He revels or delights in doing the will of God in which He finds His pleasure and delights in. While we are obeying the word which is the revealed will of God in all things, He releases His grace, power, blessings, wisdom, riches upon us, in us and through us . We become channels and recipients of the mercy, power, strength and hope in Christ. Strength of faith cannot be tested except through trials and tribulations just as the strength of a man’s body or muscles cannot be tested except by pulling or lifting heavy weights.
Prateep V Philip