Tuesday, November 7
Jesus is my brag
Scripture: Job 31-32, Galatians 5-6
Galatians 6:13-14 Even those who practice circumcision do not obey the Law; they want you to be circumcised so that they can boast that you submitted to this physical ceremony. 14 As for me, however, I will boast only about the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ; for by means of his cross the world is dead to me, and I am dead to the world.
It’s easy to brag about our accomplishments. But if we understand the gospel, we ought to brag about Jesus!
There were people in the Galatian region who were trying to convince the Christians that what Jesus had done was good, but not enough. They needed to add their own good works to it, specifically, they needed to keep the Jewish Law and be circumcised. Evidently these “Judaizers” (people who believe that you needed both Jesus and the Jewish Law) boasted about their “converts.” Each person they convinced to be circumcised was something to brag about. They were keeping score.
Sound familiar? We all have a scorecard—pastors too. Pastors love to boast about attendance numbers, or conversions and baptisms, or churches planted and leaders sent, or small groups or people serving or…the list is long. We may have different scorecards, different measures of success, but we all keep score, and we all like to boast about our success.
Paul took a different approach. He determined to boast in only one thing: Jesus. The gospel is not about what we DO for God, but what God has DONE for us in Christ. So all boasting about human achievement, no matter how good, is precluded. We boast in Jesus, in the cross, in what God has done for us.
Jesus is my brag!
Ephesians 2:8–9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
1 Corinthians 1:28–31 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 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. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
My takeaway: Jesus is my brag! Boast in the Lord and in what He has done for us!
Prayer: Lord, thanks for the reminder. I want to do lots of good things for You, but in the end, my boast is not in what I do for You, but in what You have done for me!