“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” Proverbs 27:2 ESV
I love hearing people boast about God. This often happens during “testimony service.” A person or couple will stand up before the congregation and speak openly of how God has touched their lives. Sometimes the stories are downright spectacular. But, often they bear witnesses to the quiet, gentle, faithful presence of God in people’s lives. Such boasting not only glorifies God, but also encourages those of us who have gathered. And yes, we should ALWAYS boast about the goodness of God!
However, there are some who would rather boast and brag about their OWN goodness and not the goodness of God. These things should not be. We should wisely let others become aware of accomplishments by observations rather than to have us appear to flaunt them before the world. Boasting diminishes credibility and too often alienates friends, co-workers, family members, and even those who may observe us from a distance. When we constantly tell people of how great we are, how good we can do this or that, how much money we have, bragging on the accomplishments of our children etc…it makes people run away from you and it displeases God. Not that you shouldn’t be proud of your children or your accomplishments, because you should, but, you should give the glory to GOD and God alone!
The worst kind of boasting is spiritual boasting. YOU didn’t save anyone. YOU didn’t deliver or heal anyone. It was God that USED you to get it done. And sadly, people are so quick to talk about all of their credentials and good deeds they’ve done. But, God never asked for your resume, He asked for your YES! It’s best that you remain humble. The bible tells us that if we humble ourselves, He would exalt us in due time. So my advice to each of us is in the words or artist Kendrick Lamar, “sit down, be humble.” Because at our best, we are nothing more than filthy rags in the eyes of God. If you want to be great, then humble is the way.
“So that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” I Corinthians 1:31 ESV