Full disclosure (I Corinthians 1-4)

Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God. I Corinthians 4:5

“I wonder, what was his reason for wording the question as he did?”  The previous question illustrates for me the following, “It is sometimes hard to understand where a person is coming from in their line of questioning.”

As you and I read I Corinthians 4, we have no doubt as to where Paul is coming from in his writing.  When it comes to the church at Corinth he is both blessed and bothered.  He is blessed as he remembers the glorious grace that was given to the city of Corinth in the birthing of a church, 1:1-9.  He was bothered by the news he had received about the divisions that had developed in the church, 1:10-17.

Paul’s full disclosure was for the purpose of resolving the problem:

  • Paul reminds the church:
    • God Himself had revealed the gospel to them.
    • God Himself filled Paul with truth to share with them.
    • Divisions are indicators of spiritual immaturity.

 

  • Paul refocuses the church:
    • Christ is the leader they must follow, 3:10-22.
    • Christ is the judge they will answer before, 4:1-5.

When the Lord returns He will reveal the full disclosure of every man’s heart. In that day we will know why people do what they do and why they say what they say.

The above truth is very sobering on a Monday or on any day of the week.  I want to challenge you to seek God’s full disclosure of your life on this day!!!  I do not want to waste my life here or His rewards in heaven because I allowed my heart to cover up the true “why’s of my life.”

“Heavenly Father, guide my heart to a full disclosure of what you want for my life.  Direct my heart in a full disclosure away from a selfish motivation to a sincere motivation of love.”

 

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