“He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 10:17
When Paul wrote the above statement to the Corinthians, he was quoting Jeremiah 9:23-24 which says, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,’ says the Lord.”
Generally speaking, boasting is not an admirable practice, but that is because most of our boasting is misplaced on ourselves. What we learn from Jeremiah is that not all boasting is wrong. We are not only allowed, but even encouraged to boast as long as it is placed on something worthy of being boasted about. Jeremiah teaches us that the only legitimate grounds for boasting is our understanding and knowledge of God who exercises lovingkindness, judgment and righteousness.
When we boast about ourselves it comes off as ugly because we are selfish and prideful, but when we boast about God it is beautiful because He is loving and righteous. Throughout the Bible we find that the lives that are used greatest by God are the ones defined by humility and gratitude. People like Paul, Peter, John and Mary did not live to magnify themselves, but to magnify the glory of the Lord. As a result they helped many gain a understanding and knowledge of God that led to eternal life.
Join us on Sunday as we open 2 Corinthians 10:7-18 and learn that we are not here to magnify ourselves, but to “Magnify the Lord”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!