Something to Boast About

Something to Boast About

Key Text: Galatians 6:11-16

See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!

Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. 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. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation.

There are always plenty of people around who want something to boast about.

Sometimes it’s how good they are…

Or how rich they are…

Or who they know…

Or who knows them.

Sometimes it’s the size of their house…

Or bank account…

Or car…

Or even, if they don’t have any of this, how they are “above” needing such “superficial” things because they are so…

Something.

You know the type. The apostle Paul knew them too and he was not impressed.   He had learned, in a rather difficult conversion experience, that a fancy education or powerful social connections are not what they are cracked up to be.

In other words, he was humbled.

Afterward he could say boldly, and honestly, “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.”

That’s true humility – not to mention a deep, powerful understanding of God’s grace.

So, don’t worry about those who have a tendency to boast about this or that.

People of faith know that the thing to focus on is the cross and how God turned an instrument of torture and death into the very way to eternal life.

That’s something worth boasting about.

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