Nobody likes someone who boasts. Yet, if the truth were known we are all private boasters in some way. It may be our good looks. Maybe it’s our superior education or intellect. It may be our money or social status. Perhaps we feel that we have faired well in raising our kids the right way. Then again, it may be that we have attained a higher standard of ethics than most. Maybe it’s even our more diligent pursuit of spirituality. Whatever it is, we all have a tendency to be closet-boasters.
But what does this boast gain us in our status before God? Jeremiah records these penetrating words. “This is what the LORD says: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD….” (Jeremiah 9) From God’s perspective nothing else really matters except knowing Him.
So what’s your private boast? Do you have God’s perspective on what really matters?
Something to think about from the “Kingdom Perspective”.
“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.”
~2 Corinthians 10:17-18