This week the Chicago times ran an article with the headline: “Sell out crowd watches legendary Aussie team dominate Americans”. The legendary team were the All Blacks defeating the American rugby team 74-6.
How do you feel when someone else get’s the credit for what you do?
You work, you prepare, you train, you have skills and you apply them to achieve something great only to have someone else get all the credit. There is something in the human psyche which wants to get the credit for what we do. We want to be recognised. We want others to applaud our effort.
Yet, Scripture time and time again invites us to view our efforts and achievements differently. Jesus said things like “when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” Paul when he wrote to the church at Galatia said, “am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
The point is that the one who equipped you and gave you the resources you have, sees what you do. Be faithful with what you have and try not to get caught up with whether someone else acknowledges what you have done or takes the credit for your work. Try to find satisfaction in the realisation that you are doing what God equipped you to do. He sees you. He applauds you.
By the way, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t encourage and applaud someone else when they do something great. But it is also recognising that the applause of others can be fickle. At times we applaud the wrong things or gives credit to the wrong team. Yet God always gets it right.