“May I never boast except in the cross
of our Lord Jesus Christ…”
What are the things that I consider the most precious in my life? My wife and my children.
Can I boast about them? Well, I don’t mind if people ask about them. In fact, I
am dying for people to ask about them so I can talk about them.
Both my wife and my children are gifts of God. I have done absolutely nothing to acquire
Do I have some talents of which I am proud? Not all that many, but there are a few of
them I don’t mind showing people. I enjoy listening to myself talk and sing.
Have I done anything to cultivate my talents? Nothing. They are all God’s gifts
if they are indeed talents at all.
Have I earned some academic degrees and a few accolades along the way? Well, I have earned
three post-graduate degrees and one of them is terminal. Did I accomplish those
through my own efforts? No so at all. I could have done nothing apart from
God’s help along the way.
Am I proud of my clear mind and sound health, even at my somewhat advanced age? Compared to
some, I am doing pretty well, but it’s not through my own doing whatsoever. The
Lord has been sustaining me over the years.
What have I done to earn the most valuable thing in my entire life, my eternal life?
Absolutely nothing. It’s through Christ’s death on the cross that true
righteousness has been imputed on me.
“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,” wrote the apostle, who could
have boasted about all he had done, since he seemed to have achieved a great
deal for God’s kingdom.
Whenever he was attempting to do so, he was reminded of Christ’s cross and how the Son of
God suffered on the tree, and how disastrous his life would have turned out,
apart from the revelation and merit of the cross.
I don’t even have to envision what my life would have become had God not revealed himself to
me; I can see it “lively portrayed” in the lives of my friends and neighbors.
Such is a life without the joy of Christ and hope of salvation.
“But by the grace of God I am
what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.”
Is there any room for boasting? People who boast have no idea who they really are. Indeed
they rob God of his glory by heaping something that rightly belongs to the Author
of life on themselves. They are robbers and thieves. How dreadful it will be
when they meet their Creator someday!
We rob the Lord of his glory if we boast about anything, as if through our sheer effort
and ingenuity we have accomplished anything worthwhile. In fact, we steal God’s
honor and admiration if we lead a life of ingratitude and discontentment or
develop an attitude of arrogance and pride. I think the Lord Jesus’ greatest
fear while he was in the flesh was that he might rob his Father of his glory in