If you’re like me you are cringing with election coming this year if for no other reason the airwaves will be cluttered with political ads. It always causes me a giggle to hear candidates make bold claims about their actions. If you took their ads at face value, they are personally reasonable for our education system, economy, and many other aspects of our lives. Never mind the teacher, or worker that actually does the day to day work! One candidate claimed he was “getting the weapons our troops need to fight the war on terror.” As if he had designed them himself, making them in his backyard and piloting them over on his own boat!
Candidates often feel the need to exaggerate their importance to justify their existence. You see the exact opposite about the workers of the Gospel. In 1 Corinthians 3:5-8 we read, “ What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
In working in the kingdom, it doesn’t matter what part you play in the process, the real credit always goes to God. God’s worker seeks only to receive praise from him not from other men.