Have you ever heard the saying about taking credit where credit is due? I have, and because I am the curious sort, I Googled the statement to see what came up as to what that sentence means. One meaning posted was that people are quick to take credit for any success even if it is not of their doing. As it is a bit of a pet peeve of mine when someone does try to take credit for something that they did not do, I try my best not to commit this infraction.
When my daughter was on deputation, I had the pleasure and privilege of traveling with her some of the time. What a sweet time we had (most of the time ;-)). What wonderful people we met. What an encouragement to see that, no, we are not alone in wanting to get missionaries on the field. There are others that also want to see that people all over the world get the chance to hear the truth. It was an awesome time that I look back on with great fondness.
Of course, folks would engage me in conversation. At some point the question would usually come up: Do you have any other children? I would tell them that I also have a son. More questions would follow: Is he married? Does he have children? What does he do? I would quite proudly tell them, “Yes he is married” and “Yes he has a daughter” and “He also is a missionary”. They would usually respond with something along the lines of; “Wow, both your children are missionaries!” My proud reply would be something like, “Yep”.
That was pretty awesome……..until. “Until what?” you ask? Until I started getting the, “Wow, you really brought them up right if they are both surrendered to the work of God.” Wowser! That took me aback. That burst my proud bubble. I started inwardly cringing whenever the “Do you have other children?” question came up. I would hope it would be satisfactory for them to learn the fact that my son was also a missionary and it would go no further. Why? Because I saw that I was taking/getting/stealing credit, or glory if you will, from something that God had done.
Jeremiah 9:23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
The Bible tells us over and over to give to Him the glory for what he has done, not take it ourselves.
Psalm 115:1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.
The truth is, the fact that my children have both yielded to be missionaries is a work that God has wrought. It is in spite of how their dad and I brought them up, not because we must have done everything right. Yes, I know that we didn’t do everything wrong either. However, that again shows God’s work in that He used us to help mold them into what He needed them to be. Credit goes to Him, “not unto us”.
By the way, about that saying of taking credit where credit is due; I believe the proper phrasing of that saying is to GIVE credit where credit is due. While I can’t take credit for my children being missionaries, I can give credit where it is due. When you look at my children, you see a work that GOD has done.
Psalm 29:1-2 Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
To God be the Glory,