We like to receive credit for things that we do. We like to receive recognition and a pat on the back. And, if someone else receives credit for something we did, it almost feels like we’ve been robbed. But, is that really a big deal? Think about some Biblical principles.
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Phil. 2:3). “When you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place… For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:10-11). “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth” (Prov. 27:2). Are we like the Pharisees, who did “all their works…to be seen by men” (Matt. 23:5)? Or, are we like Paul, who did not care if Apollos got credit for something he had done, as long as “God” was the one who received the highest honor (1 Cor. 3:4-9)?
Man may not know what we do, but God does. Is that enough?