About a year ago, I was politely corrected through accountability when a friend reminded me of something I had lost focus of. When starting to think about re-branding this blog and marketing myself, I acquired domain names with my name in them and even designed a logo with my initials (see right). I was cautioned about using my name and developing the brand of “me.” My friend knows my heart. She knew my intention was to further God’s domain name… not mine. I was on the road, though not at any destination yet, of selfishly promoting myself rather than the content and value of my message. Credit for anything I do goes to the one who gave me the content in the first place. I am but a speck of sand on the beach of life.
Have you ever thought about doing something for the sake of doing it, regardless if anyone knew about it or not? Whether you would get recognition or credit for it or not?
Anything we do, we certainly can’t take credit for God’s work and we shouldn’t seek out credit for our work. We have to give credit where credit is due. It starts with God and ends with God. God allows us to work the garden, but ultimately, it’s His garden. He’s the master gardener.
7It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is God makes the seed grow. – 1 Corinthians 3:7
You may plant and water the seed, but where did that seed come from? At Southwestern Advantage, we have a philosophy we believe in that says:
We give with little regard for what we may get back.
A similar quote, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you are not concerned with who gets the credit,” has been attributed to everyone from Harry S. Truman to John Wooden, and even Ronald Reagan. In the end, it doesn’t matter who said it, as much as the meaning behind it – when you work hard to get results rather than doing it to be recognized, you get more accomplished. If getting credit is your motive for getting results, then your motives are not entirely pure. And that’s not how God wants us to be. He wants us to be pure in motive, pure in intention. If you don’t get the credit you think you deserve, well, that’s part of remaining humble and godly. When it comes to God’s realm, credit becomes a moot point. There are so many people in this world doing great things no one will ever know about. But God knows.
4Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. – Matthew 6:4
When we approach how we live and lead with a humble spirit, not worried about credit, the ultimate reward will fall into place when the time has come.
Through God, all things are possible. God gave us our earthly talents and spiritual gifts for a reason – to make things happen. Whatever happens is His doing, not ours. We are the tools He uses to plant His seed to grow His fruit.