Those who are servants of Christ, those who are entrusted with the secret things of God, do not see themselves winning popularity contest – not even within the church’s borders. That is what Paul means when he says,
I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court” (1 Corinthians 4:3)
There is only one Person whose “Well done!” on the last day means anything. In comparison, the approval or disapproval of the church means nothing.
Question for Reflection
- Who do you try to please – Christ or Man?
D.A. Carson, The Cross and Christian Ministry, 97.