Who Really Gets Credit for Your Work?

by | Mar 12, 2015

There are so many powerful leadership lessons in the Bible! Our last two posts, 5 Work Lessons Learned From Manna and Trusting God with Your Career Even When You Don’t Know Why came from the vast lessons that can be learned from the story of the Israelites wandering through the desert. Let’s look at one more.

It’s interesting to observe how we so naturally take credit for the good things in our lives. Without really thinking about it, we own it. We worked hard, so naturally, we should possess the fruits of our labor. Right?

Moses was an incredibly faithful servant of God. He was asked to lead in some very difficult circumstances. Often, things did not go his way. His “team” was constantly complaining. Nonetheless, he continuously gave God the glory and reminded the Israelites to do the same.

But one day, in an almost imperceptible way, Moses took the credit for his work. The Israelites were complaining once again about being thirsty. Moses begged God for a solution and God provided. In Numbers 20:8, God tells Moses to speak to the rock and water would pour out. But in his frustration with his “team”, Moses took the credit himself. Numbers 20:9 says, He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must WE (emphasis mine) bring you water out of this rock?” With that, he struck the rock and water gushed out.

But how did God feel about Moses taking the credit for his work?

Verse 20:12 says, But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy (emphasis mine) in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”

Moses stole God’s glory and it cost him. What about you? How often do you steal God’s glory for the work of your hands?

God provides manna for us each day. He also calls us to gather it. We do the work (gather), but God provides the manna (results). So who should get the credit (the glory) for those results?

Let me challenge you today to truly see the manna that God is providing and to recognize that He is providing it…and give Him all of the glory!

Closing the Gap together,



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David Roth

David Roth has been the president and CEO of Workmatters since October, 2003. Workmatters is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in Northwest Arkansas in 2003 with a mission is to help people pursue God’s purpose for their work. Since then, Workmatters has been used to impact thousands of leaders in Northwest Arkansas and across the U.S. Prior to leading Workmatters, Mr. Roth was vice president, sales and marketing for J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. Before joining J.B. Hunt in 1999, David was the senior vice president of marketing for Manugistics, a supply chain management software provider in Maryland and vice president of marketing for American Software in Atlanta, Ga. He also has nine years of supply chain management experience with McKesson Corporation in San Francisco, Calif. and Harrison, Ark. David has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Arkansas. He resides in Fayetteville, Ark. with his wife, Theresa and has two sons, Dylan and Tyler.