Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
(Galatians 6:14 (NIV))
Do you like to boast?
We are all guilty of it. It is human nature to toot our own horn. I have often wondered if this happens because we know ourselves and we are afraid to allow others to truly know us like we know ourselves. We say and do things to elevate ourselves in the eyes and minds of those around us so that they don’t see the real us. I suppose that you could say that we are all guilty of deception by the proverbial smoke and mirrors.
Paul had every reason to be able to boast based on his position in the Jewish society of his day. After his Damascus Road encounter, he realized that all of his accomplishments were nothing when compared to what Jesus had done for each and every one of us. His boasting went from that of self-centered, look at me actions to an I am nothing, look at Jesus type of action.
Why do we think that we have to elevate ourselves? Is it the sinful nature that is central to humanity? If you stop to think about it, boasting is an outward manifestation of pride.
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
(Proverbs 16:18 (NIV))
Is this what we want to have happen? Do we want to be prideful and boast about ourselves, or do we want to change?
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
(James 4:10 (NIV))
What do you like to boast about?