A Glory Not My Own

I’m really not a sports person.
After moving to the South, I’m learning that you can’t really be here without being a sports person. Especially during football season.
Everyone has their team. They talk about it, follow the scores, buy the merchandise, and boast like crazy when they win.

Boasting can be defined as speaking of or asserting with excessive pride.

Pride? Pride is bad. Pride is a sin. Right? And ‘excessive’ is never good either. So boasting is bad? No. It isn’t so much a matter of whether or not to boast, but a matter of what we boast about.

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 HCSB)

Paul boasts. But Paul recognizes that there is nothing worthy of boasting about in his life except the victory won by Christ on the cross.

One of the most unappealing things to witness at church is broken Christians boasting about their (sometimes visibly) broken lives. To hear a Christian puff up their own victories should be sickening. Regardless of the quality of your spiritual walk, you are weak and helpless to sin outside of the power of Christ.

So lets boast- we have much to boast about! But let’s remember Who is worthy of glory, because I promise you, there is only One.

Lord God,
You are worthy of all our praise and boasting. Let our pride for you be greater than our pride for ourselves or the Georgia Bulldogs. Thank You for Your victory on the cross, and giving us a reason to boast. May we always remember our purpose in You. Amen.

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