Spain finally took home the World Cup trophy as the best soccer team on the planet. We did it!
You might be wondering just how I participated in the achievement. With a name like Dave Wilson, you might not only doubt that I was on the Spanish team, but could be suspicious as to whether I have any Hispanic heritage at all.
Actually, I did play soccer in Spain (high school team on a US Naval base). And thanks to my great-great-grandfather being from the Iberian Peninsula, I’m one-sixteenth Spanish.
It’s true I had nothing to do with Spain winning the World Cup. But I’m not alone in trying to horn in on the praise for someone else’s accomplishment. Think about it. When your hometown team get a victory, you say “WE won” … even though weren’t on the team, and weren’t within miles of the stadium.
We can try to take credit for things God’s achievements, too. We’re glory thieves. When the Lord helps us succeed at something, we can want the praise for ourselves. Even when we grow in godliness, our temptation is to take the credit rather than direct it to the one who set us free from the law of sin and death through Jesus’ death upon the cross.
The Apostle Paul helps us give credit to whom credit is due:
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 1:26-31)