1 Timothy 5: In Secret
Paul reminds Timothy that even though he is the pastor of the congregation and he is by necessity involved in the lives of the people who attend, he certainly does not know everything good or bad about people, and in 1 Timothy 5, he might never learn some things about people.
1Ti 5:24 Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.
1Ti 5:25 Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.
We don’t know everything about all of those around us. I love it when you find out something great about someone that you never knew before. When you find out that someone spends every Saturday morning working at the food bank or visits all of the elderly people in the church, it is pretty exciting. However, we don’t always hear about all the good that people do because they don’t feel the need to publicize it. They are humble, and that is fine, but it just goes to show that there are good things that people do for the goodness of doing good rather than for the publicity.
On the other hand, there are also people who are very good at hiding what they’re doing wrong. Sin does have a way of coming out, but it does not always. The implication here however is that God knows what is happening, and we cannot hide that from God. Even though Timothy might not have known all the problems within his congregation, God would be able to handle that someday.
I then think about our lives. Some people know us very well. We have family or friends to know a lot about us, but they probably cannot practically know everything. God on the other hand knows everything good and bad. The most amazing part about that is that He loves us regardless.