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Contemporary Comments 2016
Boasting in the Cross
Galatians 6:11-18; Romans 6:1-6, 12:1-8; 2 Corinthians 4:10, 5:17, 11:23-29
September 30, 2017
A story reported recently tells of a teacher, Rickee Stewart, who had an idea that grew and grew. “I shouldn’t get any credit for this, I just had a crazy idea,” Stewart says as she describes how her brainchild came about. “It’s honestly because of the kindness of absolute strangers.” Many future brides and grooms register for what they would like for their homes. They even register for sports equipment, gift cards, and sometimes for contributions toward an unforgetable honeymoon. Instead of the traditional or even unique, Stewart, a bride-to-be, registered for the unusual. On the website DonorsChoose.org, she registered for shoes, backpacks, and sleeping bags for the students at her school who are homeless. She demonstrates a selfless act made more so by her attitude of not wanting to take the credit.1
In our lesson we studied about the important realization of placing all of our confidence and trust in Jesus, and His death on the cross for us. No matter what we have, what we have accomplished, who we have become, or who we are associated with, we have no reason to boast about anything. The credit all goes to Jesus who was crucified for our sins. Our possessions, our wealth, our social standing, our circle of friends cannot bring us salvation. Nothing of this world can provide salvation or eternity with Jesus except belief in the cross.
In Romans 12:2 we hear Paul’s challenge: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (NLT). The boastfulness of the world is in direct opposition to the humility of one who boasts only in the cross of Jesus, because self is removed and Jesus becomes the focus. This behavior, that is so different from what the world seems to require, is possible since. As Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 5:17, one is a new creature who has left the old ways behind.
Boastfulness and grabbing for the credit are a part of that former life. We are free in Christ to live a new life boasting only in the cross of Jesus.