Index > Authors> Emanna> eManna[Learning Two Matters for Faithfulness (1)]

eManna[Learning Two Matters for Faithfulness (1)]

Learning Two Matters for Faithfulness (1)

Bible Verses

1Cor 4:1 A man should account us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Here, furthermore, it is sought in stewards that one be found faithful. 3 But to me it is a very small thing that I should be examined by you or by man's day; rather I do not even examine myself. 4 For I am conscious of nothing against myself; but I am not justified in this, but He who examines me is the Lord.

Words of Ministry

[Part 1 of 2]
In this verse there are two basic matters we all need to learn. First, we should not care about being criticized or judged by others. Most Christians find it unbearable to be judged or criticized. Certain sisters, if they learn that others have criticized them, may not be able to sleep well for a long period of time. This is true of brothers also. Suppose a certain brother who is an elder learns that someone has spoken critically of him. He may not be able to rest well that night, for he may say to himself, "I am one of the elders in the church, but certain ones are criticizing me." If we are bothered by criticism, it indicates that it is a great thing, not a small thing, for us to be examined by others. We cannot yet say with Paul, "To me it is a very small thing that I should be examined by you."

Forty years ago, I used to be quite bothered whenever I was criticized. Sometimes it affected my sleeping or eating. But after many years of experience, I am hardly ever bothered by criticism. I do not say that criticism never bothers me. However, I can testify that it disturbs me very little, if at all. In fact, to be judged and criticized has become rather common, rather ordinary. If I am not criticized, I would wonder if I am faithful to the Lord's commission. Anyone who is living and active will eventually be criticized. The best way to avoid criticism is to do nothing. As long as we are active in caring for the church, we must be prepared for criticism.
[Continued tomorrow]