Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord. (2 Cor. 10:17)
Expanded Passage: 2 Corinthians 10:17–18
A lot of movies from my childhood had opening credits. Names and job titles scrolled on the screen while soundtrack music attempted to keep everyone’s attention. Typically, I would fast forward through the credits to get to the story. I was not interested in learning who was in charge of costumes or lighting. All I cared about was watching the movie. As an adult, I still do not enjoy movie credits, but my perspective has changed. Even though I am not interested in learning who created the movie, I recognize that without that list of names, there would be no movie. Those names are what make cinematography possible.
Chapter 10 closes with Paul’s imperative reminder that his accomplishments within the church were only possible because of Jesus. The credit should all be given to God. Paul was simply a vessel for God’s movement. He was not hiding behind false humility; his focus was to ensure that people understood who made it all possible. If Paul’s life were a movie, he wanted to make sure no one skipped past the credits.
There is a lot to be proud of in our lives. But let’s make sure that we do not fast forward past the credits and forget who made it all possible. Remembering to give God the glory shouldn’t be an afterthought, but the featured story.
Point people to the One who makes all things possible.
Carla Working is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church. She serves as the Crossroads District’s chief operations officer (Indiana) and co-pastors with her husband.
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