Monday, September 10, 2012

Who Gets The Credit?

I've always been puzzled by the nursery rhyme "Little Jack Horner": Little Jack Horner sat in the corner eating Christmas pie; he put in his thumb, and pulled out a plumb, and said, "What a good boy am I!"
It seems rather odd that Jack is sitting in the corner with his plum-covered thumb held high, and saying, "What a good boy am I!" It's usually bad boys who are sent to the corner for punishment. It seems he's trying to draw unwarranted attention to himself and is wanting credit for the pie.
We naturally want to draw attention to ourselves, to show off our accomplishments and abilities. Sometimes we think that life is all about us. But living like that is self-delusion at its worst. In reality, our selfishness has put us "in the corner," from God's point of view. Thankfully, Paul's testimony gives us the right perspective. In spite of this impressive credentials, he gladly surrendered the supremacy of Jesus: "But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ" (Phil. 3:7). Paul admitted that in order to "gain Christ" he had to lay all of his trophies down.
So, give Jesus Christ the braggin' rights of your life. Or, as Paul put it, "He who glories, let him glory in the Lord" (1 Cor. 1:31)--not in yourself! --Joe Stowell

"Lord, You are the One who is high and lofty. I give myself today to the purpose of pointing others to You, for who You are and what You do. You deserve all praise."