As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. (1 Corinthians 4:3)
I thought to myself, that is the most arrogant yet humble and profound verse ever!!
Here is what he is basically; It matters very little to me what you think of me( like it almost doesn’t count), I don’t even rank myself.
Paul knew that his only judge is God.
He refused to submit to mere human judgement.
The church in Corinth had falling into an unhealthy trap of ranking Paul, Peter and Apollos against each other. Yet, these men were themselves knit in closest friendship, and felt themselves to be servants in common of one Master, and fellow-workers in one task. They knew that they completed each other.
When you read further and get to understand Paul’s heart on this verse, you will realize that Paul is not arrogantly proclaiming himself superior to the opinion of the Corinthians, but is pointing out the necessary inadequacy of all human judgments.
It is a great comfort that men are not to be our final judges. The word of God is the best rule by which to judge.
Our master makes the judgement of our work. Being self-analytic can also be dangerous .
God himself will take the responsibility for pointing out the things need to be dealt with in our lives.
We can now stop been “self-employed judges”
Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. (Romans 14:4)