Ya’ know, boasting is an interesting pastime, don’t you think? Have you ever participated? I have!
Here is the definition of boast as determined by dictionary.com: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/boast
What are you and I boasting about? It is usually something having to do with ourselves, isn’t it? How much money we make….how smart we are……how talented we are…….how compassionate we are………how good we are……….how BAD we are……….
You name it! It’s there for the boasting. When we boast, what are we trying to accomplish?
I wonder if you have had the same experience I have…..that when you boast, you eventually realize that there is something not quite right. Your theory about yourself is somehow squashed. We are somehow, wrong and we think WAY TOO HIGHLY of ourselves and not HIGH enough when it comes to JESUS and others: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem the other better than himself. Philippians 2:3
But there is only ONE that deserves boasting and that is Jesus Christ. Through HIM and HIM ALONE do we find our real worth, our soul importance, our PLACE, our acceptance, and our justification. Through HIM we find the LOVE we so desperately try to create for ourselves.
…even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;…Romans 3:22-24
but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 9:24
Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:31
…so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another. But HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD. For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends. 2 Corinthians 10: 16-18
May my heart and yours conclude moment by moment the TRUTH: There is none like YOU LORD JESUS! May we see ourselves as we truly are and not who we think we are or think we need to be. May we truly look at the plank in our own eye and not the speck in our brothers. May our LIVES seek LOVE from our Father in heaven that we may be filled up and poured out on others. May we boast in YOU LORD!!!! Thank You Jesus. For only YOU CAN DO THIS IN OUR HEARTS. Make us willing LORD.