If we really thought about this, we’d walk with much more humility and far less condemnation of others.
In case you don’t know how much God knows about you, consider these words:
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).
Is it possible that most of us try to present others with a view of ourselves that is far more flattering than the one God sees? Sometimes we even draw attention to the faults of others to make ourselves look better. What a sham! What hypocrisy!
Are we in need of the rebuke Jesus gave to the religious hypocrites? He said, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts” (Luke 16:15). There’s a reason Scripture says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure” (Jeremiah 17:9).
We don’t want to be associated with the people Jesus spoke of who “were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else” (Luke 18:9).
Far better to be humble and honest enough to stand at a distance with down cast eyes, beating our chests and pleading for God’s mercy. Only then will we go “home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 18:13-14).
I ask again, “What if everyone knew you as God knows you?” May the Lord help us to live with transparent humility before God and people.