Hey everyone, I have a few questions that have been bothering me for the past few days and I wanted to get them cleared up...
Let's look at a hypothetical situation:
Person A has some kind of talent. Person B is a priest who knows this person has that particular talent. Person B goes to Person A and tells Person A to use that talent to create something but that he (Person B) will put his name on it. The object that is to be created involves a ridiculous amount of work in a very short time, it's nearly impossible as Person A truly and sincerely does not have the time or the capacity to do this kind of work and says no to Person B. Now, bring in another person...Person C. Person C claims that it doesn't matter what kind of work it is and if Person A gets credit for his/her work as long as it's for church, to get the blessing because it's a service for church; Person C also claims that it would be better not to take credit for the work so that he/she can be rewarded in heaven.
My questions as of right now are:
1) Stealing someone else's work on the pretense that it's a service for church and using the verse in the Bible that says if you perform your works in secret, you will be rewarded openly...does this make it alright?
2) Just because it's a priest who is asking this, does this make it all the more obligatory that Person A must "obey?"
3) Does getting credit for one's work put one in danger of not being rewarded in heaven by God?
4) In the case that it does put you in danger, what can one do in order to use his/her talents for the Glory of God and at the same time not be prey to getting his/her work stolen and being taken advantage of and also be able to receive a heavenly reward?
5) Is getting your work stolen equated with receiving the blessing from a service?
I may have more questions if the ensuing discussion raises them; however, thorough answers to the above questions is greatly appreciated, please and thank you.
Please pray for me a lot.