Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
This morning I was reading in 1 Corinthians 4 regarding Paul seeing himself as a servant of Christ and steward of the mysteries of God. He emphasized the importance of a steward being faithful to his master. Paul knew that his stewardship was even more important because he had been entrusted with the truth of God and would someday stand before God to give an account of his stewardship.
He was not concerned about being judged by men, even by a human court, recognizing that his judge was God Himself. Paul declared that he knew of nothing against himself, yet realized that he was not justified by that because the Lord would be his final judge.
He stated that God would bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts.
I began to think about whether I could say the same as Paul, that my conscience is clear of everything before God. That requires intense examination and we can be deceived regarding our spiritual state and even deceive ourselves. Gal 6:3—“If anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Let a man examine his own work.” What might God bring to light that I don’t even see in myself?
A clear conscience does not mean without sin. Paul did not consider himself without sin, in fact he considered himself the chief of sinners. I think one thing Paul meant was that his conscience was clear because he had confessed all known sin to his Father and repented and was striving to live as a faithful steward to please the Master. 2 Cor 5:9—“We make it our aim to please Him.”
Perhaps an important question for all stewards of the truth of God is, “is my conscience clear?”
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