1 Corinthians 1:31 – “…just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.” NASU
The apostle is making a reference to Jeremiah 9:23-24 and gives a condensed expression of that passage. He said “just as it is written” identifying that you could find it and read it somewhere.
In the KJV it says “He that glorieth” and here “boasts”. Many people ‘boast’ about many things and frequently it is done in a prideful and self-aggrandizing manner producing such a foul odor that one can hardly stand to be around the individual. The prophet Jeremiah and the apostle both identify that any glorying or boasting not only should be but must be In The Lord!
We are not saved by our strength, wisdom, goodness, or works but by the Grace of God. It was not our sacrifice on the Cross that opened the door to God and Salvation but that of Jesus. If we defeat the wicked one on any occasion it is not human strength that accomplishes that feat it is the Power of God! It is His grace, His mercy, His love, His wisdom, His power, and His anointing that breaks the yoke, not human ability.
If you have been deemed successful in the eyes of men in your labors whether that is in the spiritual or commercial I caution you to only ‘boast’ in the Lord and recognize that God enabled you to accomplish that. I guess ‘you didn’t build that’ would be correct if we recognized that the ability that enabled one to accomplish came from and comes from the Lord.
If you are leading a congregation of thousands it is not because you are great but because God’s greatness is being revealed in you and released through you. You may be leading or laboring in a small congregation and deemed by man as unsuccessful but in the Eyes of God a tremendous success because you are doing what He has determined for you to do at this time. I am what I am by the Grace of God. If I am rebellious “I did that” but if I am obedient and follow God, “He did it.”
Boasting is okay but only if it is In the Lord! Proverbs 27 tells us not to ‘boast’ of tomorrow because we do not know what a day may bring forth. James tells us in James 4 that instead of boasting or bragging about what we are going to do we should in humility declare “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”
He went on to declare that the boast that the people were giving was filled with arrogance and as such was an evil boast. Then he spoke the much quoted and often out of context passage of verse 17 – “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” If you are a booster other than In the Lord, you fall into the category spoken of in the aforementioned passage in James.
Therefore, as you go through this day go in the grace and peace of the Lord. If God has spoken a vision to your heart boldly stand in it but do not project your plans as ‘yours’ and fail to recognize that Without the Lord you will either fail or your success will be hollow.
May God go with you as you go through this day.
Closing Thought: “What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes!” – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg