There may be many reasons for hiring someone to do something one has the ability to do themselves. Perhaps such occurs when it is a task so totally disliked it is worth paying another to do it. Or maybe the day is already filled with other tasks so another must be paid to get it done in a timely manner. It could also be that someone is out of work and so the task is given to them to provide some needed income just because one can afford to provide it.


            Now, there is another side to allowing someone to do something we are capable of doing ourselves. Doing so can provide the opportunity for another to learn the task under our supervision. Then there are times when perhaps we should be mindful of not always having to receive the credit for something, but allowing another to fulfill a task and letting them get some encouraging praise. This latter reason reveals we understand life is not all about ourselves and so — having nothing to prove — we can rejoice with others in the acknowledgement of what they have done.


            How comfortable are we when the attention falls on others? Do we always want the credit? When another’s actions are acknowledged do we too quickly retort, “Oh, I can do that!” or “I’ve done that lots of times!”? Do we need to do some soul searching with regard to our own focus?


            Paul maintained a wonderful perspective regarding his ministry of the Gospel. In his second letter to the church at Corinth he stated. . .


                        (15) We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged, (16) so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another’s area of influence. (17) “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (18) For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. (2 Corinthians 10:15-18 ESV)


            Verse 15 in the New Living Translation reads, (15) Nor do we boast and claim credit for the work someone else has done. Instead, we hope that your faith will grow so that the boundaries of our work among you will be extended.


            Paul was not a glory hog! It appears he did not even keep track of all whom he had baptized (note 1 Corinthians 1:14-16) as he focused on what the Lord was doing through not just him, but through others as well. (1 Corinthians 3:5-7) He would let credit rest where it ought as others were laboring in the Gospel as He was.


            As Paul urged in his letter to Christians at Philippi. . .

                        (3) Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3 ESV)


            As we humbly serve the Lord in our own life while encouraging and rejoicing with others in the work they do for the Lord, He will be praised and much will be accomplished. May we rejoice in the ways in which we can share in His great work together!




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