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2 Corinthians 3:4-11
Psalm 99
Matthew 5:17-19

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"It is not that we are entitled of ourselves to take credit for anything. Our sole credit is from God." —2 Corinthians 3:5

God does something for us and we thank Him for doing it. He does it a second time and we thank Him for helping us. He does it a third time and we say: "Look what I did." We shift quickly from giving God the credit to taking the credit for ourselves.

Our perspective is wrong. We ask God to help us, as if we're in charge. Actually we should ask God for the privilege of helping Him. "When you have done all you have been commanded to do, say, 'We are useless servants. We have done no more than our duty' " (Lk 17:10). God doesn't owe us anything except punishment for our sins. Nonetheless, He has taken our transgressions on Himself (Is 53:5), and we owe Him everything. "Everything is grace" (Rm 4:16). "I repeat, it is owing to His favor that salvation is yours through faith. This is not your own doing, it is God's gift; neither is it a reward for anything you have accomplished, so let no one pride himself on it" (Eph 2:8-9).

"Every worthwhile gift, every genuine benefit comes from above" (Jas 1:17). "To the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, be praise and honor, glory and might, forever and ever!" (Rv 5:13) "More than this we need not add; let the last word be, He is all in all! Let us praise Him the more" (Sir 43:28-29).

Prayer:  Lord, I give You the credit for all the good that has been or ever will be.

Promise:  "Whoever fulfills and teaches these commands shall be great in the kingdom of God." —Mt 5:19

Praise:  While being interviewed after winning a big game, Steven was quick to give the credit to the "Author of Life" (Acts 3:15).

Reference:  (We offer Discipleship Retreats from June 24 - July 16, 2005. Accept the challenge to move into a new zone as Jesus' disciple by attending a retreat this summer. For information or to register, call 937-587-5464 or e-mail retreats@presentationministries.com)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 20, 2004

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