But he who boasts is to boast in the Lord. 2 Corinthians 10:17 (NASB)
Day’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 10-13
I once heard it said that nothing disqualifies us more from spiritual usefulness than pride. Only God knows how true that statement really is, but the person who once spoke it made a good point—when we are focused on ourselves and our accomplishments, we are not focusing on Christ, His accomplishments and how we can draw others to Him. Today’s key verse, 2 Corinthians 10:17, is actually a partial quote of Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NASB) which says:
Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises loving kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.
In this whole passage Paul is boasting about his weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:5), but he’s doing so to make a point—that God’s grace is sufficient and His strength is perfect (2 Corinthians 12:9). Yes, you may have much to boast about, and you may have accomplished a lot or have been through a lot, but in the end, it’s really not so much about YOU as it is about HIM. So next time you get ready to boast about something in your life, first think—how does this show God’s grace and love? If you can’t think of a reason, then maybe it would be better if you said nothing at all.
- What are some current events/situations in which you could boast about Christ’s love, grace, strength, and/or sufficiency?
- Is there an area you need to give over to Jesus because pride is preventing you from being spiritually useful?
- Praise God for His greatness.
- Ask for humility of heart and mind.
- Pray for a development of an eternal perspective in you and your family members.
- Request health and salvation for your family members.
- Ask for wisdom in teaching your children about loyalty and responsibility.
- Submit your day’s activities to Him.
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