Everything Is Exposed

Elsie Punt

READ : 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

The Lord . . . will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness. (v. 5)

I once heard a preacher ask, “How would you feel if your thoughts were broadcast on a loudspeaker for all to hear?” We might feel embarrassed or even ashamed because of the judgments people would make after listening to our “broadcast.” Yet this passage reminds us that we are not to concern ourselves with other people’s judgment of us. Instead, we are told that God will bring to light the things we hide in darkness and will show our hearts’ purposes. Our thoughts are always broadcast to God.

This is a sobering thought because just today I had thoughts of worry about my sister, of selfishness toward my husband, and of anger at myself. Thankfully, it is Christ who judges. We don’t have to live in fear because Christ offers us grace through the cross.

Yet we are still called to live as righteously as we can. We must remember that nothing we think or do in private is truly secret. Nothing is hidden from God. We must walk faithfully and keep the purposes of our hearts pure. Our job is not to judge whether those around us are fulfilling this call, our job is not even to judge ourselves in this regard. Rather, we need to simply live holy lives to the best of our ability, and we rest in the knowledge that Christ is not only our judge but also our savior. —Elsie Punt

PRAYER

God, through your grace allow me to live righteously and please forgive me when I fail.