In a story published on July 20th of this year, a veteran newspaper reporter out of North Carolina lost her job after editors found she used material from other publications without giving credit. At least a dozen instances were found in which the reporter used sentences and even full paragraphs without giving credit to the original writer. Students can be kicked out of universities or fined for plagiarizing. Stealing what someone else created and calling it your own is a serious matter. Do you ever find yourself trying to make each day your own? We certainly live in a culture that encourages it.
“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)
“Looking to Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith…” (Hebrew 12:2)
“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3)
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16)
God is the author of every day. The sun does not rise without Him, and nothing happens that He does not know about (Matthew 10:29). We are His children in this story—not the authors (Galatians 3:26). Let’s be sure not to sign our names on the day the Lord has made. We should be humble servants of the Lord (Philippians 2:3-5, Ephesians 6:7, 1 Corinthians 4:1-2), doing His will and not our own (Luke 22:42). Don’t steal God’s work and claim it for your own. Take on the same attitude of Christ; humble yourself in obedience to God (Philippians 2:5-11) and fulfill your role in His story as a beloved child of God, servant to the Lord Most High.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.