Friday, May 12, 2006

Cosmic Plagiarism?

Continuing with the theme of life challenging lessons, C.J. Mahaney continues to point out inadequacies in my life in his book (Humility). Chapter six has an intriguing idea: Cosmic Plagiarism. What's that? Well, he prefaces it by giving a story about some famous writers who were accused of plagiarism for their works and he begs the question: "Do we plagiarize God?" God, the creator of the universe, created us and everything in our lives should be attributed to him. He deserves all the "citing." I wonder how many times I plagiarize God and take credit for something that he does without mentioning him.

This illustration really made me evaluate my pride problem. We, as Christians have A LOT to be thankful for. I am probably the most ungrateful person in the world so this challenge is extremely difficult for me to hear. The truth is, we don't have anything to brag about. The Bible even tells us that our righteousness is like filthy rags to God. What makes me think that I'm so great? What gives me the right to believe that my gifts and talents are because of my own hard work and ability?

I offer this same challenge to you: Let's stop plagiarizing God and give him the glory that he is due! If we are constantly focusing on his glory rather than our own, we're beginning to understand what it means to live a humble life that seeks to worship God rather than ourselves.
I leave you with this verse, be encouraged:
Psalm 34:2 "My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear it and rejoice."

5 Comments:

At 12:40, Blogger ~d said...

yeah, what you have written reminds me of a verse: 1 Cor. 4:7 (NLT) - "What makes you better than anyone else? What do you have that God hasn't given you? And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own?"

by the way, matt - the worship music this morning really moved me. i don't know if you or jason picked out the songs, but they spoke powerfully to my heart - perhaps in part because of what God has been showing me lately...

thank God for his inspiration

 
At 08:49, Blogger Matt Strader said...

well, thanks for the comment. Jason and I did pick out the songs, but honestly, like my posts have been saying, I'm beginning to learn what it means to truly be humble before God. When we get out of the way, God can do great things. God is good!

 
At 21:02, Blogger Kate said...

hey matt, how is your "new" fridge working for you? haha

 
At 09:11, Blogger Matt Strader said...

it works great! Still working on getting a light for the inside though...haha

 
At 23:01, Blogger curiouskatherine said...

i dont know if its ever worked...

 

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