Have you ever heard someone say “I don’t want to brag, but . . .” You know what happens next, right. They say they don’t want to brag, but then they do. Now, I don’t say those words, but I don’t do much better. I sometimes find myself telling people about my achievements. It might be something job related or a volunteer position I hold. I used to tell people about my success in hunting and fishing, though I haven’t done either of those things in years. Have you ever done anything like this?
I think there is a fine line between telling others about something we are celebrating and telling them what we glory in. The apostle Paul understood this line. Listen to what he said in Romans 15:17-18, “Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done– by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.” (NIV)
Paul didn’t want to talk about his achievements. He wanted to talk about Jesus’ achievements in his life. Yes, Paul fully proclaimed the message of Jesus. But Christ accomplished the success. So, don’t stop bragging. Rather, switch from bragging about our achievements to glorying in Jesus.
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