637) Not Getting the Credit You Deserve?

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     We who are working in God’s vineyard here on earth ought not be jealous of the gifts or rewards belonging to others.  The Lord will do as he sees fit and we can only say “Thank you.”

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     “My last word to God’s children is this:  what does it matter, after all, whether we are first or whether we are last?  Do not let us dwell too much upon it, for we all share the honor given to each.  When we are converted, we become members of Christ’s living body; and as we grow in grace, and get the true spirit that permeates that body, we shall say, when any member of it is honored, ‘This is honor for us’…  If any brother shall be greatly honored of God, I feel honored in his honor.  If God shall bless your brother, and make him ten times more useful than you are, then you see that he is blessing you–  not only blessing him, but you.  If my hand has something in it, my foot does not say, ‘Oh, I have not got it!’  No, for if my hand has it, my foot has it; it belongs to the whole of my body.”

–Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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I Corinthians 12:4-7…12…17-18…21…27  — There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.  Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ…  If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be?  If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?  But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be…  The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”…  Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

I Corinthians 1:11-13  —  My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.  What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”  Is Christ divided?  Was Paul crucified for you?  Were you baptized in the name of Paul?

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Lord Jesus, as we serve you, may we faithfully do all that you call us to do.  And after we have done what you commanded, may we have the wisdom and the faith to say what you have taught us to say:  ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’  Amen.  (See Luke 17:10)

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