“I make my boast only in the Lord!”
(I’m proud of You, God!)
My desire– to make much of You.
The apostle Paul had many things going for him. He had a lot to boast about. He was a leader. He was an inspiration to many. He was recognized. He was known. He had favor. He was blessed. He was and still is famous. He was a role model. He was a person that many followers of Christ looked up to and desired to be just like. (Except for I’m sure the suffering and martyrdom).
There was something Paul clearly recognized and it was key to his faithfulness in being a devoted follower of Christ… He recognized how quickly he was prone to fall into pride. He recognized his fallen nature, that he lived in a fallen world, he too was a fallen man and pride lurked at the door of his heart at every moment of every day.
Paul chose to boast in his weakness because he knew how quickly he could end up once again on his high horse, sucked into thinking that he had made it, and he was somehow in God’s eyes greater than than all the others.
He knew he too had fallen short of the glory of God. He knew how easily he would stumble over and over again on the pride train. Dancing between the struggle of insecurity and pride.
Pride is ruthless, sleepless, unsmiling, concentration on self.
C.S Lewis (Mere Christianity)
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
II Corinthians 12:9-10 NKJV
This is something we as christian’s seldom admit to. It is something we rarely talk about. It’s an area where we constantly need to be checking our hearts…We too have fallen short of the glory of God, and just like the others, pride lurks at our doorstep at every moment.
What if we like the apostle Paul relied on the Lord to humble us? What if we sincerely desired to be humbled? Over and over again? What if we asked the Lord to expose our pride for what it is? What if we confessed our sins to one another and truly believed after confessing that we have been forgiven? What if after having this heart of repentance we did a complete 180 turning from our ways?
… We would enter into His rest!
Finally done with striving and trying to be something and now just being who Christ made us to be with all expectations in Him alone and in His work.
He paid the price, and in releasing you from the debt you once owed… He purchased you as well as all the garbage that comes along with you. All the trash you hide from others, and keep locked away in an attempt to hide it from yourself as well (If I can’t see it, it’s not there).
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
I John 1:8-9 NKJV
He wants to uproot the sin that is literally rotting inside of you. And He will… if you let Him.
Would you boldly run to the throne of grace and allow Him to enter in and clean out your heart and expose your self righteousness for what it is– filthy rags?(Isaiah 64:6)
He wants to replace your filthy rags with His righteousness. Consecrated for Him alone. He will do it.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV