We know Andrew Carnegie gave money to American cities for free libraries. Did we know that James Anderson’s gift of books to working boys, young Carnegie among them, inspired Carnegie’s later largesse?
That leads to a spiritual principle: the success of all Christians, not of individual disciples, is the essential factor in discipleship. If someone achieves public fame, those who remain anonymous, but have empowered him, are as essential to success as he. Only God knows where the lesser or greater credit is due.
As Edwin Layton wrote in his book And I Was There, enormous good can be done, and equally enormous success achieved, when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit. Christians can’t ignore that point. If Christianity succeeds, Jesus Christ gets the Glory, not individual Christians. If an anonymous disciple helps a famous disciple win a victory, Jesus Christ gets the credit, not the famous disciple.
Whatever any of us can do to help another Christian succeed, let’s do it for Jesus. Then we’ll be fulfilling Philippians 2:3-4: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – Fini –
Books at: www.createspace.com. (Go to search, dropdown to store, Virg Hurley.)
Apologetics book: Their Own Best Defense, Volume 2, Part 1
Books also at www.amazon.com (Virgil Hurley & Virg Hurley)
New book: The Parables of Jesus at www.createspace.com/7164741