“So look at Apollos and me as mere servants of Christ who have been put in charge of explaining God’s mysteries. Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.” 1 Corinthians 4:1-4
We are all servants of God. You may not be a preacher or a teacher, but you are still a minister. You are still preaching the gospel in your life every day. The main issue in this scripture is has Paul, Apollos and Peter been faithful to do the work that God assigned to them? If a servant is faithful in his personal life, in his home life, and in his ministry of the Word, then he is a good servant and will be adequately rewarded. As a servant for Jesus, we are always being criticized by someone. Paul is telling us that there are three judgements in the life of a servant. There is man’s judgment. Paul did not get upset when people criticized him, for he knew that his Master’s judgment was far more important. There is the servant’s own judgment. Paul knew of nothing that was amiss in his life and ministry, but even that did not excuse him. Sometimes we do not really know ourselves. There can be a fine line between a clear conscience and a self-righteous attitude, so we must be careful that we are truly depending on God. The most important judgment is God’s judgment. God judges us today through His Word and the Holy Spirit. We will be judged at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ. Then the true facts will be revealed and the faithful servant will be rewarded.