Romans 15:14-33; 1 Samuel 29-31; Psalm 71
The old joke says that the worst things happen after the words, “Hey! Y’all watch me do this!” It’s so easy to be confident, even over-confident in our own abilities. We think we do great things and expect people to cheer us on in awe of what we are able to do. If anyone had that right it was Paul. As he looked over his career, there were a lot of things that he might put on a resumé for people to see all the great things he had done. Yet, this is how he described those things: “Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God.” (Romans 15:17) A couple of times Paul listed things that he might take pride in, but always noted that they were nothing compared to being obedient to Christ. Our society today tells us to exalt ourselves. Most of our sports and entertainment heroes talk forever about their own greatness. All of us can learn this lesson from Paul. May we all let our glory, our boasting even, be in Jesus Christ and what He has allowed us to do to bring glory to God.
Oh Lord, I am so vain. I want people to notice how wonderful I am and I care too much about the opinions of others. Give me the strength, Lord, to recognize my own weaknesses and let me focus on You. May all that I glory in, may all that excite me, be about You and Your glory.