Sunday, February 12, 2012

What People Think …


… is important.  Joab knew that.

After the David and Bathsheba lost their first child, David received a message from Joab:

And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took the royal city. And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against Rabbah, and have taken the city of waters. Now therefore gather the rest of the people together, and encamp against the city, and take it: lest I take the city, and it be called after my name. (2 Samuel 12:26-28 KJV)

A general careful to give his commander all credit, though he had done the work.  Perhaps Joab remembered what happened when David was Saul’s general:

And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom? (1 Samuel 18:7-8 KJV)

Who gets the credit for what we accomplish? Who should receive it? Have we given our best effort? Or could we do more, even a bit more, to all that we do.

If you’re as I am – there’s time and energy to do more.  And, share the credit with those who lead, and those who help.

When that is accomplished, God gets the glory for all.  Paul started with another subject, but reached the same conclusion:

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV)

“Whatsoever ye do” covers just about everything, doesn’t it?  “Do all to the glory of God.”  Can’t go wrong there!

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed and appreciated this post. May I also point out that this is another of the many two-sided coins. What people think is important!

    But what people think is not always the trump card. Reputation is what people think you are. Character is what you really are. It is more important to have good character than a good reputation.

    Thanks for all your great posts. I am continually praying for your "Beloved One" as I currently have two very wonderful friends who are nearing eternity with their Savior.

    Blogger Bob


Thank you for taking time to read and comment on the blog. Comments should take into consideration this verse: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8 KJV)