Note: No devotion until Thursday
Prayer: Gracious God, teach me through your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Where is your pride?
17 “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
Most of us feel uncomfortable bragging about things we have done. We don’t want to noticed or recognized as a bragger or boaster. We don’t want to be like those who are, so we refuse to boast at all and not appear prideful.
I don’t know, I like being proud of some things I have accomplished. It is part of trying to like myself. The important thing is to also give credit to God who made me and the gifts He has given me.
Our devotion writer explains; “Boastfulness and pride are not bad things in and of themselves. It’s a matter of where one places one’s pride, and what one chooses to boast about. Paul tells us that if we are going to boast, we should boast in the Lord. So there it truly no problem in boasting about a particular gift you might have, perhaps for singing. Paul’s point is this: we boast and are proud of a singing gift that God gave. In fact, to do otherwise might be to deny the gift that God has provided.”
God has given us all many gifts and we should be thankful and proud of them. We can then boast and use them to further God’s kingdom.
Prayer: “Gracious God, guide us to thank and honor you with our whole lives. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.”
2 Corinthians 10:12-18
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another, and compare themselves with one another, they do not show good sense. 13 We, however, will not boast beyond limits, but will keep within the field that God has assigned to us, to reach out even as far as you. 14 For we were not overstepping our limits when we reached you; we were the first to come all the way to you with the good news of Christ. 15 We do not boast beyond limits, that is, in the labors of others; but our hope is that, as your faith increases, our sphere of action among you may be greatly enlarged, 16 so that we may proclaim the good news in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in someone else’s sphere of action. 17 “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not those who commend themselves that are approved, but those whom the Lord commends.