Boast In The Lord (2 Corinthians 10:12 - 18)
This morning our devotion is going to be more focused on boast in the lord. But first let us see what boasting mean I am sure we all know the meaning of boasting but to help this devotion starts let me state it here. Boasting means excessively proud and self-satisfied talk about one's achievements, possessions, or abilities.
We all are living in a comparison
world and people loves to boast about their achievements in their life to draw
attention of others to see. But this morning let us see is boasting good? Can
we boast about ourselves let us learn from the Scriptures.
Is Boasting a Sin?
Boasting in oneself is an expression of pride and pride is condemned in Scripture (Proverbs 11:2). Prideful boasting is deeply embedded in our sin nature. which is why boasting is one of the sins so strongly demonstrated in the scriptures. Satan tempted Eve with the boast, “You will be like God” (Gen. 3:5). That is what pride and boasting are all about: our self-enthronement in the place of God. This was the motive behind the Tower of Babel; they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves” (Gen. 11:4).
C. S. Lewis identifies boastful pride as the prime sin; he called it “the anti-God state of mind.”
Boast in the Lord
The phrase “boast in the Lord” is found in 1 Corinthians 1:31, where Paul, quoting Jeremiah 9:24, says, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” It may seem strange to think of boasting as good but definitely Apostle Paul is not talking about excessive pride or self-achievements.
Paul’s statement about boasting in the Lord has nothing to do with worldly possessions or with the self-achievements. The context concerns God’s ability to glorify Himself even in our weakness. God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:26-30). Whatever good may come from our life, we have no reason to boast because, humanly speaking, we are “weak,” “foolish,” “Sinful,” and “not worthy.” All the glory goes to God and God alone (see Isaiah 42:8).
The purpose of God in the creation of man and the salvation of sinners is that we might boast in HIM. This is God's will for you this morning. And what he is saying is this: turn this very moment from all boasting in yourself. Don't seek your pleasure any more in your own wisdom, or your own strength, or your own looks, or your own achievements. Look to Christ crucified and see what becomes of it all.
Paul said in Galatians 6:14, "Far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."
So, I call you to come to Christ and die this morning—and to live. And the promise of God is this: there is no greater life, no greater joy than to boast in him!