Credit Where Credit is Due

As a writer I know the importance in giving credit where credit is due. If I didn’t, I would face a charge of plagiarism. In all other areas, stealing credit for something someone else has said, written or done, is unethical.

During the time of the new Christian church, a man named Herod ruled over the Jewish people. King Herod, out of jealousy, persecuted the new Christians. And his arrogance and pomposity brought about his demise. One day he delivered a public address while wearing his royal robes. The listeners shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man,” and Herod accepted their praise as his due. Acts 12:23 finishes the story: “Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.”

Do we ourselves take credit for the things God gives? “I own this beautiful house,” we may say. Or, “Look at the smart child I gave birth to.” Or perhaps, “Taste the delicious tomatoes I grew in my garden. I did it all by myself.”

Do we really deserve all the credit? Who provided us with the energy and health to hold a job so we could buy a beautiful house? Who gave our child superior IQ? Who provided the soil in which to grow our delicious tomatoes? Where did we receive the energy, strength and will to do whatever tasks were necessary in our daily living? Even Jesus, the Son of God, credited His Father with all that He said and did while on earth.

We may not be struck down and eaten by worms, like Herod, but we need to recognize the seriousness of not giving God credit where it is due. “For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods.” (1 Chronicles 16:25)

No man, nothing on earth compares to God who made the heavens and the earth and everything in them. All good things come from Him alone. He alone is worthy of our devotion and obedience. He alone should receive our praise.

Father God, help us remember to give praise and credit where it is due. Forgive us when we take undue credit for ourselves. In the name of Jesus, the One of greatest worth. Amen.

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