“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14, NIV 1984).
“Let him 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.” (2 Corinthians 10:17–18, NIV 1984).
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31, NIV 1984).
My Musings – To boast is to speak or act with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one’s achievements (what we have done with our time), possessions (treasures), or abilities (talent). When in reality, our abilities are God-given, our possessions are what God has shared with us, and our achievements are what God has permitted us to accomplish. We can commend ourselves all we want before man, but it will count for nothing when we stand before God. But if whatever we do with our time, talent and treasure is done for the glory of God, then we will be commended when we stand before Him.
My Advice – Do your best to receive this commendation from the Lord, “well done, good and faithful servant! Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23, NIV 1984). How well are you doing? If He is not your master, if you have not been born again, you will only ever hear “I never knew you; depart from me.” (Matthew 7:23, ESV 2016). Of course, this need not be.
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