from God – that is our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:30-31
Most of us shy away from people who love to boast about themselves and their accomplishments. Yet what grandparent does not love to show off their grandkid’s pictures? Athletes brag about a win, good scholars acknowledge their scores, and job promotions are celebrated. The list of boastings could circle the globe many times and there would always be more to boast about.
The amazing miracle is that in Paul’s message to the people of Corinth, boasting was encouraged. This boasting was not about what the individual Christian had done but rather what Someone else had done for them. It was about Jesus Christ from whom they acquired righteousness, holiness, and redemption.
We personally need to remember that our own personal accomplishments are often short lived and may affect only a small portion of mankind. More than that, our accomplishments count for nothing toward our salvation. Yet, Christ paid the debt of our sins in full on our behalf. That lasts forever and is for all people of all nations.
Boast in the Lord? Yes! Boast in the grace and mercy granted to us through the cross of Jesus Christ. Boast in the Triune God who loves us unconditionally and forever. Yes, let him who boasts boast in the Lord!
Prayer: Dear Father, grant me a humble heart as I refrain from boasting of my own accomplishments. Give me the courage and faith to boast only of You. Amen.