1 Cor.4:5 – So resist the temptation to pronounce premature judgment on anything before the appointed time when all will be fully revealed. Instead, wait until the Lord makes his appearance, for he will bring all that is hidden in darkness to light and unveil every secret motive of everyone’s heart. Then, when the whole truth is known, each will receive praise from God.
I think we may be surprised when we finally find ourselves in heaven and see things from the Lord’s perspective. People that were apparently famous and important in this world may be insignificant or even non-existent on the other side. Famous politicians, wealthy business people, and even world renowned preachers may not be so much when the Great Day arrives. People we have never heard of might be shining with the glory of God with more prominent roles in His coming kingdom. I can never forget the story told in George Whitefield’s biography. It tells the story of the broken relationship between John Wesley and Whitefield in England. Their breech became irreconcilable and was effecting the congregations all over England. Whitefield chose to walk away from everything in England leaving it to Wesley. Whitefield’s followers contested, claiming that history would forget his role in the awakening in England. Whitefield’s response was quite amazing. He said let the Great Day decide what sort of man George Whitefield was. That is quite accurate, the Great Day will show what sort of people all of us are. Here are some comments from the Passion notes on today’s passage.
“The clear inference is that God will bring to light the secret motives of love, faithfulness, righteousness, kindness, etc.—not only evil motives, but the pure motives of believers. When the Lord judges his godly lovers, their secret devotion and sacrifices will all be brought into the light and God will praise them for their faithful love. The reward of eternity will be that God affirms them. The word for “praise” can actually be translated, “thanks from God.” Can you imagine the day coming when God praises his faithful servants?”
This is the way we should live our lives. What can bring us to a mentality that will actually choose to let the Great Day decide? It’s really quite simple. One moment in the presence of the Eternal One fixes that. In His presence eternity becomes our treasure overturning the foolish ambitions of this world.