As I watch my children play basketball, I am surprised by some of the players’ bravado. They make a simple shot, and they have to motion to the bench and bleachers how good they are. You could blame the kids for imitating the pros, but that is too easy. It is in our human nature to brag about ourselves. As a follower of Jesus, we need to Boast in the Lord.
“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.”
Vain to the Bone
The Corinthians were full of themselves and would often tell people about it. The culture was vain, with physical appearance and wealth more important than character or integrity. Unfortunately, this carried into the church, and they were constantly criticizing Paul for his unsightly looks and boring speaking skills. They boasted about how their appearances made them better than Paul. Then he let them have it. He tells them he could brag about all he has done and endured, but he chooses to boast of what the Lord has done.
One of the traps Christians fall into is thinking no one appreciates what they do. This leads to self-pity. To correct this, they start to tell everyone about what they have accomplished. They become satisfied with likes on social media or trite compliments from acquaintances when the Creator of the Universe has been pleased all along. He knows what you have done, and He will remember on judgment day.
Boast In the Lord
Boast in the Lord. Tell others what Jesus has done in your heart and how He has used you. People love a good testimony. Give credit where credit is due. It is the Spirit empowering you to do the work you are doing. Start the day thanking Jesus and give Him praise throughout the day. When people ask you where your joy and peace come from, be quick to boast in the Lord.