I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. (2 Cor. 12:1)
Throughout the ages, leaders have boasted about what they have done or planned on doing. In 1967, the former communist country Albania declared itself the world’s “first atheist state.” Ironically, today Albania has complete religious freedom. We can freely go into Albania, where we serve as Christian workers. Likewise, Karl Marx proclaimed that one of his objectives in life was to “dethrone God.” Yet, as Christians, we know that God is still on the throne, ruling over all, despite Marx’s boasting. History shows that leaders do not always live up to their boasting, especially when they are set upon doing things counter to God’s plans.
Unlike these ungodly leaders, Paul’s boasting did not center on what he had done or planned, but on what God had done for and through him. Paul knew there was nothing to be gained in boasting about himself. Of course, Paul was not only humble but also had goals in life to please God in what he did.
As we discuss our plans and lives, what do we say to others? Are we careful to remember who is responsible for every good work in our lives? Are we conscious of our own human frailty and God’s goodness to us? These questions can help keep our thoughts, conversations, and actions centered on what is most important.
Give credit to God for what he has done.
Caryl Aukerman is a wife, missionary, and mother of three, and has served with Global Partners in the country of Albania for over fifteen years.
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