When thinking about boasting, I find that this passage is very appropriate:
For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it? (1Co 4:7)
Please name for me one thing, just one, that you have, which you have not received! When you sit down and think about it, there is nothing. Your very life was given to you, not of your own will but of the will of your parents. The breathe of air you are breathing, the eyes you are using to read this, are all things designed by God and it is foolish to boast of them. Everything that we lay claim to, some of which we have by our choice, is something that we can attribute back to God.
The Jews of the New Testament time (not all, but the leadership) seemed to be boasting in things that they had received as if they had not received it, as if they were better than someone else, were closer to God and were special because of their relationship to God through Abraham. True, they were the children of God, heirs of the promise, children of a covenant but they boasted in something they had but didn’t follow. They didn’t follow the faith of Abraham and they didn’t keep the law.
When we boast in something we have, do, or will do, we boast in our own strength, wisdom, or knowledge. Considering how incomplete that is, we should feel like the two year old who shakes his fist at his mother and says “I won’t go to bed and you can’t make me!”
A group of scientists after years of research finally succeeded in making a man. So they started this conversation with God and told Him that they no longer needed Him, that they could make man themselves. To which God said,” Well, before I go away and leave you alone, let’s just put it to the test. Let’s have a man making contest like I did it. If you can make a man, I will go away!” So the scientists agreed and they went out to this beautiful garden and one of the scientists bent down to get some dirt, from which to make a man.
God said “Whoa! Wait a minute. Go get your own dirt!”
We, as Christians, understand the world might try to boast like that but even as Christians, we should not hold others in contempt because we have relationship with God. We should not consider ourselves better than another. We should have the humility to recognize that the only thing which we can boast in is Jesus Christ and the only way we can do that, is because of His actions, not ours.
Rather than boasting, we should be thankful and humble. Love does not boast. Are you Love, yet?
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