Monday, March 7, 2016

Boast in the Cross

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Nobody likes a bragger, a boaster. Boasting is self-centered. My computer’s dictionary defines boasting as, to talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one’s achievements, possessions, or abilities. It shows that we think we’re better than others. When we boast, we’re obsessed with ourselves and our accomplishments. But we all do it. Parents boast about their kids. Athletes boast about their awards. Students boast about their grades. And we don’t just boast with our words. Nowadays, we use bumper stickers too! 

The Apostle Paul boasted too. But his was an unusual kind of boasting. He boasted in something completely outside himself—the cross of Christ. In his mind, the cross was his only real reason to boast. Only the cross could give him eternal life.

If you are searching for something to boast about, be like Paul and boast in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. It marked the new beginning for you and God. It’s where your sins were put to death. It’s where your salvation and forgiveness were secured. It marked a new direction for your life; new pleasures, new passions, new pursuits—a life lived for God.

When we boast in the cross and what Jesus accomplished there, we are more prone to stay near the cross. 

The great songwriter, Fanny Crosby, wrote…

Jesus keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain;
Free to all, a healing stream, 
Flows from Calv’ry’s mountain

But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through the cross, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14

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