Stealing The Credit

And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers."—Matthew 21:12-13

The expression "the tables have turned" fits well in this situation figuratively and literally. The phrase means to gain an advantage over someone who you previously did not. When Jesus arrives on the scene, he intends to reverse a situation that he knew was unjust. And it was not only the act of buying and selling in the temple that troubled him, but it was also "stealing credit" due to God.

As you reflect for a moment, consider where you have stolen credit from God. It will require a little reflection but is there a time God intervened in your life, and you willingly accepted benefit or accolades from others when you should have pointed to God?

JOURNAL THIS: I, like the money changers, stole credit from you when...

PRAY THIS: God, thanks for overturning the tables of my heart and give me the courage to give you credit for all things never for my benefit.

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