A Daily Dose of Good News
Monday, June 14, 2021
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See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised—only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen. (Galatians 6:11-18)
Boasting, for me, has always had an instant negative connotation.
Drawing undue attention to yourself over and against others.
Hey look at me! Look what I can do!
Promoting yourself as better than another.
I can run faster that you. My house it bigger than yours.
Setting yourself above others by some attribute that you have and other do not.
How did I get so good looking?! Let me show you how much more I have than you have.
None of it very nice. All of it asserting some sort of entitlement or privilege over others.
Just rude and wrong.
And yet Paul uses the word in several of the letters
That he sends to early Christian communities.
And after further reflection, I’m starting to appreciate the association that he is making
A positive association beyond the negative connotation that is so common for me.
Boasting is a value statement
Boasting is an indication of where priorities lie …
Of what’s most important to us.
Boasting in the negative connotation has ourselves as the object of desire:
I’m more valuable.
I’m first priority.
I’m most important.
And another word for that is sin.
On the other hand, Paul’s use of the word boasting
Is not trying to draw attention and entitlement for himself,But
But, instead, to the Lord.
“My I never boast of anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
In other words,
Nothing is more valuable than Jesus sacrifice for me.
Jesus is my first priority.
Jesus is the most important influence in my life.
As such boasting is an indication or expression of our faith,
That where we place our ultimate trust.
So go ahead and boast.
Go ahead and boast in the Lord with everything you say and do today.
You share a dose of good news every time you do.