As the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.” When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.
Who likes to hear someone talk about himself again and again? It soon gets old, and you have a tendency to stop listening. Living this Scripture is an absolute necessity. If you do something great, don’t boast about it. It is wonderful that it is great, but it is only great because the Lord has either allowed it or willed it.
God gave us life not for our own benefit, but to benefit someone else. Life is not about what we want or how we feel or how we might like to prosper. When we are self-consumed, we miss what is necessary to live a joyful life. Life has little meaning when we self-promote our achievements instead of acquiring the peace He imparts through a humble spirit.
The Pharisees were self-consumed with their own righteousness, and wanted to be sure that others abided by their interpretation of the law. They liked to be known for “doing good”—praying, serving, speaking their truth over God’s truth. Jesus pointed out an example of their hypocrisy. “When you pray,” he said, “don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you” (Matthew 6:5-6, NLT).
If you wish to share your achievements, give God the glory. Don’t make them more important than the Lord who granted them. Your own commendation amounts for very little in the eyes of others. What is important is that the Lord comments them. This is often unseen by others—only recognized by you. And it becomes your “pearl”—something God has brought forth in your life that you could never have done on your own. Others may never know, and that is fine. He has placed His Hand upon your life, and that is enough.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher