Photo and Commentary ©2018 by Cheryl Boardman
Monday, November 5, 2018
This is a view from a small plane and the road winding its way up on the left is one of my favorite roads to take in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. It starts out in Winfield and head up to some lakes up in the hills. On the way, there are blue bird boxes and you can see western blue birds, mountain blue birds and tree swallows nesting in them. You can hear meadowlarks before you see them and you can see marmots, turkey vultures, other birds, butterflies and lots of varieties of wild flowers in the spring.
The view is certainly different on the ground and you get a whole new perspective from the air.
In 1 Corinthians 4, Paul is talking to the church in Corinth and is doing some correction on their judgmental attitudes. He was talking particularly about their attitudes towards church leaders at the time but I think that this applies in all circumstances where we make judgments (a very human tendency) about anyone without looking at the whole picture.
So don’t get ahead of the Master and jump to conclusions with your judgments before all the evidence is in. When he comes, he will bring out in the open and place in evidence all kinds of things we never even dreamed of—inner motives and purposes and prayers. Only then will any one of us get to hear the “Well done!” of God.
All I’m doing right now, friends, is showing how these things pertain to Apollos and me so that you will learn restraint and not rush into making judgments without knowing all the facts. It’s important to look at things from God’s point of view. I would rather not see you inflating or deflating reputations based on mere hearsay.
For who do you know that really knows you, knows your heart? And even if they did, is there anything they would discover in you that you could take credit for? Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need. You already have more access to God than you can handle. Without bringing either Apollos or me into it, you’re sitting on top of the world—at least God’s world—and we’re right there, sitting alongside you!
1 Corinthians 4:5-8 (The Message)