Scripture: Phil 1:1-11
Key verse: (6) I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
Reflection: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” America’s 33rd president said that and given his significant, named, accomplishments (founder of the United Nations, enacting the Marshall plan and desegregating the Armed Forces) it makes one wonder what else H.S. Truman accomplished without taking the credit!?
Paul has a slightly different version of this quote. He writes his beloved community reminding them that it is amazing what can be accomplished when you remember to care about who gets the credit. What I think he means is that despite Paul being responsible for the first conversions in Philippi, despite being the greatest evangelist of all time (and apparently being the smartest Pharisee in all the land) he can only acknowledge that every good thing that happened and will happen is because God is the author and originator.
I don’t think God particularly cares about getting the credit but it matters to us. It matters when we are in the midst of building, shaping, trying, working, loving, failing — that as best as our efforts are, the tasks before us so often require more fortitude, intelligence, imagination and resilience than we could ever muster on our own. Thank God we don’t have to. God, author of every good thing, is an unfailing partner and constant companion.
Prayer: For all you do with and without me Lord, I praise you. In Jesus name. Amen.
Author: Derek Macleod
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].