Morning Devotional, 11 July 2024

Morning Devotional, 11 July 2024

Thursday – Boasting in the Lord

“So that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.'” (1 Corinthians 1:31)

In a world that relentlessly promotes self-aggrandizement and the pursuit of personal glory, the message of the cross stands in stark contrast. It calls us to a radically different perspective – one that rejects the allure of boasting in our own accomplishments and instead directs all praise and honor to God alone.

The temptation to boast is deeply rooted in the human heart. From a young age, we are conditioned to seek recognition, to strive for accolades, and to revel in the applause of others. Our culture celebrates individual achievement, often at the expense of humility and gratitude.

Yet, as followers of Christ, we are called to a higher standard – a standard that finds its foundation in the paradoxical wisdom of the cross. For in the cross, we see the ultimate expression of God’s love and power, accomplished not through human strength or intellect, but through the sacrifice of His Son.

When we truly grasp the depths of God’s grace revealed in the cross, our hearts are transformed. We are humbled by the realization that our salvation, our righteousness, our very identity is not the result of our own efforts but a gift from God. Any boasting in our own abilities or achievements becomes foolishness in the light of Christ’s sacrificial love.

Instead, the cross compels us to boast in the Lord alone. It is in Him that we find our worth, our purpose, and our reason for existence. It is through His strength that we overcome, and by His grace that we are sustained. Any good that we accomplish, any success we achieve, is solely by His enabling power and for His glory.

As we go about our day, may this truth shape our attitudes and actions. Let us be quick to deflect praise and recognition, redirecting it to the One who is worthy of all honor and glory. May our words and deeds be a testament to God’s faithfulness and a declaration of His goodness, that others might be drawn to the transformative power of the gospel.

In moments of success or achievement, let us resist the temptation to bask in self-congratulation. Instead, let us raise a heartfelt chorus of praise to the Lord, acknowledging that any triumph we experience is by His grace alone.

And in times of struggle or failure, may we find comfort and strength in boasting in the Lord’s unfailing love and steadfast presence. For it is in our weaknesses that His power is most clearly displayed, and it is in our brokenness that His healing grace shines brightest.

So today, and every day, let us choose to boast in the Lord – the One who has redeemed us, sustained us, and called us to be His ambassadors in this world. May our lives be a living sacrifice of praise, offering back to Him the glory and honor that is His alone.