Myth or Real: Christians Shouldn’t Brag
Every night, I try to read at least one chapter of The Bible. One recent night, I read I Corinthians 1. The very last verse made quite the impression (It really initiated this entire day-by-day devotional theme), but I’ll save it for later.
We’ve all met someone who tends to share, perhaps a little too much, in what they’ve done in service to God. (Let’s be honest…it’s us. We’ve all been guilty of it, at least once.) When we are righteous, when we are charitable, when we pray, we are not to do it so others will see how good we are (Matthew 6: 1-6), because no one is “good” (Roman 3: 10; Mark 10: 18), no matter how many good deeds we do. If it were so, Jesus wouldn’t have had to die on the cross (Romans 5: 8). So, we are to be aware of our own arrogance.
“Thus says the Lord: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches…’” (Jeremiah 9: 23 ESV)
If you think about it, how can we brag about such things? Aren’t our talents, intelligence, money, etc. given to us by God?
Even followers of Christ Himself fell into this kind of temptation when they started receiving gifts. They were so excited that demons were doing what they commanded, but Jesus reprimanded them (Luke 10: 17-20). He had given them that authority.
But…there is one thing we can boast about:
“…so that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’” (I Corinthians 1: 31 ESV)
Exactly how can we “boast in The Lord”? Well, if we continue to read from the previous scripture from Jeremiah, He tells us:
“’… but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.’” (Jeremiah 9: 24 ESV)
Myth or Real: I suppose it really depends on whom you’re bragging: you or God.