My friend John Maisel is continually reminding me and many others to not mess with God’s glory. Yes, Paul said it another way while addressing the Corinthians. Glories can also be translated as ‘boasts’. Whatever you may have accomplished in your lifetime, it pales in comparison to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Everything has been made possible by the cross. “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6.14 NKJV).
But Paul also goes deeper that they and we should understand the completeness of the cross. “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—” (Vs. 30). Four things here are a result of trusting in Christ for salvation. Jesus became these for us.
- Wisdom from God
Gifts of grace
When you really focus on these four life changing gifts of grace, it truly should make us ‘kick dirt’ on anything about which we are boasting. These were all on the Triune God’s heart and mind when the cross was the only way a holy God could justify sinners to dwell in his presence for eternity. Everything we might try to bring to the table will eventually be smoke and ashes. Worthless!!
“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Christ Jesus” (I Cor. 3.11NKJV). So, build on that foundation and when wonderful things come your way, give the glory to the Lord. He loves your praises. Boasting in him is a good thing. Right, John?