“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” (NKJV)
God is the source of everything. Such a remembrance keeps the person who is being blessed from thinking they have produced the successful outcome of any endeavor.
In 1 Corinthians 3:6, Paul makes it clear that the increase or the prosperity of any endeavor comes from God and not from us. The farmer plants the crop, but God gives the increase through the proper amount of rain, sunshine, and temperature.
Elsewhere in Scripture we read that God gives us the power to make or generate wealth. God is the one who teaches us how to profit and he leads us in the way we should go. I review these passages often, reminding myself that any perceived success I experience comes from and belongs to the Lord. Honor, praise, and glory belong to him alone.
The Christian walk is one of communion with God as he continuously reveals himself to us. Scripture says that the secrets of the Lord belong to those who fear him, and he shows them his covenant. If we are fortunate enough to be favored by God in any way, we want to be sure to give him the praise, honor, and glory.
As we yield to him and give him the glory, he will communicate more of his secrets to us. We have the privilege of being low-profile, high-impact players for the advancement of the Kingdom.
Today, ask yourself:
Am I careful to give God the credit when I experience any success?