Thursday, June 08, 2017

Let Your Confidence Be in God, Not in What Others Think of You

God alone is the judge (discerner) of your heart and ministry. Let your confidence be in what God thinks, not in what others think. People can provide constructive criticism or destructive criticism. People can provide good advice or bad advice. You can take or leave what others think or say, but no matter what, listen to what God says to you in your heart and you won't have to be concerned with what others think or say about you. Paul said he doesn't even judge himself (!), never mind being judged by others. He leaves it all up to God. (See 1 Cor 4:3-5)

Elsewhere, Paul also says that the body of Christ is a single unit, made up of many diverse parts. You are the part that you are, and others are the parts that they are, and God has placed each part exactly where He wants it. (See 1 Cor 12:4-31) The part that you play may be very different than the part that someone else plays, but God places us where we are individually for the good of the body as a whole. So be the part that you are and let others be the parts that they are, and celebrate (rather than judge) what God is doing through each and every one of us in His body.

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