1 Timothy 5:23 – 6:2a
23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. 24 The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever. 6 All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. 2 Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare of their slaves. These are the things you are to teach and insist on.
No-one can hide their character from God; however, it can remain unknown to others. Why do some people who live sinful lives, appear to be blessed, and others who live honourably for God, do not appear blessed?
Those that live open sinful lives, generally in time, their lifestyle will show they will end up eating the fruit of their sin. But the sins of some will follow later; these are people, who are living an apparent abundant life, but they have secret sins. These sins will eventually be brought to light and the fruit of their sin will catch up with them. Some are such notorious sinners; there is no need to ask about their character, they would never be considered for ministry. But others who may be considered have hidden sins; but their sins appear afterwards. Many people think they are hiding their sins, but God will bring to light the things that are hidden.
Be assured, the person who continues to live faithfully before God, eventually, the fruit of their living will catch up with them causing the goodness and blessing of God to overtake them. His blessing may start as a trickle, but as we are faithful, the trickle becomes a stream which eventually over time will be a river that others will see. Their goodness will not be overlooked by God.
The good works and character of some are evident, and there would be no hesitation in having them in leadership. So we need to take time to pray and not be too hasty to appoint people to ministry.
Lord, help me to walk in the power of Your Spirit, remind me to keep the doors and windows of my life open to allow Your truth and love clear away any hidden agendas and secret sins.
Written by Cathy Croft