Wednesday, January 23, 2008

If I will Boast

"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

Some of the Christians in the Early Church thought they would be holier and more righteous if they followed the Jewish laws. Circumcision was an visible, outward mark of following those laws. In fact, if the Christian was a Jew, he could avoid the sort of persecution Saul of Tarsus had dished out before he came to Christ. These Jewish Christians were boasting about what they were doing spiritually--obeying the law and being circumcised.

Paul, on the other hand, would only boast about what God could do--his work on the cross. What Jesus did on the cross has nothing to do with my righteousness but everything to do with God's love and mercy.

Through the cross, through Jesus, I am dead to the world and the world is dead to me. The world and it's opinion is meaningless, so trying to make a good impression on the world is meaningless. The world may persecute me. It may even kill me but that doesn't change a thing. It doesn't change what Jesus did on the cross nor does it change what he's done for me.

Lord, if I am going to boast, let my boasts be about what you have done not about what I have done.

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