Who  Gets The Credit?

I have always been puzzled by the nursery rhyme "Little Jack Horner": Little Jack Horner sat in the corner, eating a Christmas pie; he put in his thumb, and pulled out a plum, and said, "What a good boy an I!" It appears odd that Jack is sitting in the corner with his plum covered thumb held high, and saying, "What a good boy am I!" It's usually bad boys who are sent to the corner for punishment. It appears in the rhyme that Jack is attempting to get unwarranted attention to himself and is wanting credit for the pie.

We all desire to draw attention to ourselves, to show off our accomplishments and abilities. At times we think that life is all about us. However, living like that is self-delusion at its worst. In true reality, our sinfulness has placed us "in the corner," from God's view. In the bible Paul's testimony gives us the correct perspective. In spite of his impressive credential, he gladly gave up to the supremacy of Jesus: "But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ" (Philippians 3:7). Paul admitted (confessed) that in order to "gain Christ", he had to lay(give up) all of his trophies down.

So, give Jesus Christ the braggin' rights of your life. Or, as Paul put it, "He who glories, let him glory in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 1:31), not in yourself! We are absolutely nothing without Jesus, so give Him the credit.

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