“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2:19)
We are to judge ourselves by the standard of God’s Word. We should also ask His Spirit to convict us of anything displeasing in His sight. We are not who we or anyone else thinks we are. Others and our own heart can be deceived. Thinking we can arrive at an accurate self-assessment is foolish. Paul said, “… Yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord” (1 Corinthians 4:3,4)
God knew Job. “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” (Job 1:8) And although Job was a perfect and upright man in God’s sight, Job was not 100% sure of himself. “Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul …” (Job 9:21)
Socrates’ great maxim was “Know thyself.” But such knowledge is too high for us. One day we will know ourselves even as we are known, but today is a day simply to obey. The judgment seat of Christ will contain many a surprise. Some who didn’t expect so great a reward will receive a hearty “Well done!” While others who thought they were in for much praise will hear: “Depart from me, you worker of iniquity!”
Don’t let your left hand observe your right. Take away every mirror. Have no thought for how any human eyes perceive you. Forego your own worried introspection. Simply cleave to what God delights in and hate what He hates. Depart from evil and do good. God above knows. He is keeping the books.