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Bragging rights

October 6, 2017

Casual conversation – or social media postings – reveal a lot about what’s going on in a person’s heart.

Obviously, we don’t put everything that’s going on out there in public. We project an image that we want others to see.

Rarely will someone post a picture of oatmeal – unless it’s made with steel cut oats, fresh blueberries, brown sugar and a sprig of mint. And the recipe and health benefits are then usually attached.

We don’t post the mundane, every day events that fill our lives. If we do, then it’s to make a joke out of the mundane, every day events that fill our lives.

Conversations center around the great adventures, new cars, family vacations, and fantastic food.

While there’s nothing wrong with sharing those fun parts of our lives with others, what do your conversations reveal about what’s going on in your heart? Are you bragging about the good things in order to cover up the bad things? Are you boasting in the great things to make yourself look better than you really are?

Look what James wrote about bragging:

Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits (James 1:9-11).

Riches are going to fade away. Every new thing becomes old. Every new recipe becomes common. Every vacation becomes a memory. The wealth that gets passed on to the next generation is squandered. Cash loses its value.

It’s temporary, fading like a flower in the heat.

Verses 9 and 10 tell us in what we can boast: The lowly in his exaltation, the rich in his humiliation.

Since the following sentence talks about the fading of earthly riches, it can be that he’s referring to some type of earthly exaltation or humiliation. It’s got to be a spiritual exaltation and humiliation.

When he acknowledges his sin and lack of ability for saving himself, the lowly is exalted to a child of the eternal king, a son of the heavenly father, a joint-heir with Jesus Christ.

When he acknowledges his sin and lack of ability for saving himself, the rich is humiliated, realizing that his wealth, power, and fame will not earn him a place in heaven. It’s all through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

So what bragging rights do we have? The cross of Christ. Nothing we have done, but everything He has done.

And that will never fade away or become old for all of eternity.

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