2 Corinthians 11:30 “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” (NIV)
As a Christian, I have come to love humility and hate pride. I actually get a little excited and filled with anticipation when times get difficult. This verse was so complementary to where God is molding me until the Lord emphasized “boasting in my weakness.” I have read this before, thought I understood it, and had no problem with it, but God smacked me between the eyes with “are you doing it?” What does boasting in my weakness really look like? The more I meditated on it, I realized that hidden beneath my humility was pride. I was comfortable looking up the mountain to the peak and knowing that I could only do it through God’s power. I knew it was going to be tough, but God would be there with me. When it was all done – make or break – I would experience what God had for me in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.” (NIV) My problem is that I was not framing my experiences and successes by how God succeeded by using my weaknesses. Yes, I often did frame my successes by pronouncing how God blessed
me, but did I truly highlight how God made up for my inabilities and inadequacies, by producing not just a wonderful result, but a better result? Seldom was this my answer. My human nature wants to protect my esteem, make me look good, and oh yes, God was in it. 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 says, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” (NIV)
Our God is alive, active and desires to do great things. We must remember that God’s primary purpose is not for our adulation or success, but to bring the unsaved to Christ and spur on and help the weak in faith to trust and walk with God. Let today’s Scripture challenge you to better enunciate God’s work in your life. Allow God to cultivate a garden of humility that chokes out your pride. James 1:9 puts this in perspective, “The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.” (NIV) When you truly uplift the Lord’s work in your life as the source of your success, then you have recognized your high position with Christ. God loves and cares for you in such a wonderful way that He not only acts in your life, but He also wants to use your example in the lives of others. You just need to look from “on high” at what God is doing, so that you can experience the magnificence of His work in you. Doing this keeps you from thwarting the magnificent work of God’s hand in your life and those around you.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me.” (NIV)
Do you know someone who needs this message on shining God’s light? If so, forward this devotion to them as a blessing for their growth in Christ.
Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “God’s Purpose For You” and “Hard Times.”
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