What are you really good at? What is something you really like doing? It must be a part of human nature, right? That we all have such a great desire to communicate to the people we are around, whether our family or people we work with or friends, what we are good at. We enjoy doing the things we are good at, and we often talk about our “greatest exploits”! It’s just something that comes naturally.
If you catch a huge fish, why wouldn’t you tell everyone about how awesome that was and how big it was?! If you make a great goal in soccer or score a touchdown in football or make first chair in band, why wouldn’t you tell everyone you know about it? Those are proud moments where you did something pretty awesome and want others to know about it! I am the same way! It’s fun to succeed in things and then point to that success and tell everyone you can about it. But are we pointing in the right direction?
Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.'”
This verse reveals the things we should boast about, and the things we should tell everyone about, doesn’t it? We should boast about God, that we know Him, that we have talked to Him, that God hears us, that He speaks to us in His Word, that God is real and we have a relationship with Jesus Christ, His Son. These are the things to boast about because when we really think about it, these are amazing, life-changing things. The Creator God cares so much about us that He sent Jesus Christ to live on this earth, to experience temptations and evils in this world, and He was victorious through them, sacrificing His perfect self on the cross so that we could experience victory and freedom from the cost of our sins. It’s an amazing thing! What is more incredible than this to boast about?
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 10:17-18, agreeing with Jeremiah, “Let the one 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.”
So what does this mean? It means that we can remember our priorities in life; that God is greater than our athletic skills, our musical talents, or our intellect. If we are going to brag about something, why not point the way toward Jesus Christ?
We have the blessed opportunity to be a light in this world, to be salt that seasons and gives flavor. We can point everyone we see or talk with toward Jesus Christ just in the way we talk. It’s a big responsibility, but we are all capable.
The challenge? Go and do it. James 1:22 says, “but be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” So we should go and live out God’s Word. Go and boast about who God is and what He has done in your life.