Who Deserves The Credit?

Do you know of anyone who boast of their accomplishments?  If you do, chances are you do not like them.  The fact is I often struggle with wanting to take credit for good things and I often struggle with wanting to not take credit for bad things.

This morning I began a study of the book of I Corinthians.  If ever there was a church that was blessed, it was this church.  Here is what Paul said about the church, “In every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge.  So that you are lacking nothing in any spiritual gift,” 1:5,7. 

Question, “Who deserves the credit for what you have in your possession?”  I think you and I know the answer?  The fact is, all the good that we have comes to us as a gift from God.  Paul reminded the church, “The grace of God was given to you in Christ Jesus.,” 1:4.  This church needed to be reminded of God’s grace that had been given to them.

Brothers and sisters, when was the last time you told others of the grace of God that had come to you as a sinner?  When was the last time, when in a family get-together, you told your children of all of the blessings they have in Christ?  When was the last time you just spent your entire prayer time praising Him for what you have in Him?

The problem I have is that when I fail to give Him credit, I begin to take credit.  I was greatly convicted by Paul’s concluding statement in the end of chapter one. “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  

This morning I want to encourage you to pause where you are and just say, “Thank you to Jesus.”  There is so much that happens in such moments.  First, He is glorified in you at this moment.  Second,  You are expressing humility and submission.  Third, you are being reminded that He is able to do even greater things in this moment.  Four, there is peace that comes in knowing your life is hidden in the hand of God.  Finally, the world around you will be able to see Christ.  Only in Christ is their perfection.

“Thank you Jesus for all that you are.  Thank you for rescuing me from a life of sin.  Thank you for going to the cross.  Thank you for changing my life. Thank you for my home and family.  Thank you for calling and equipping me to be a pastor.  Thank you for calling me to Kings Baptist Church.  Thank you for preparing an eternal home for me.  Thank you for all that I have now and forever in Christ.  

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