Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful.
What about me? Have I been faithful? Well, it matters very little what you or anyone else thinks. I don't even trust my own judgment on this point.
My conscience is clear, but that isn't what matters. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.
So be careful not to jump to conclusions before the Lord returns as to whether or not someone is faithful. When the Lord comes, he will bring our deepest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. And then God will give to everyone whatever praise is due.