REFLECT: The Apostle Paul had every right to boast about his walk with Christ and his impact on Christianity. You see, he had a great testimony (Acts 9:3-6), superior knowledge of God’s word (Galatians 1:14), and literally set ablaze the Roman Empire with the Gospel message. But yet, Paul set his affection, confidence, and praise (boast) on the Cross of Jesus Christ, for he knew that apart from Christ he was nothing. This was the antithesis of the false teachers who would boast about the number of individuals they would see circumcised (Galatians 6:13).
Notice that Paul did not boast in Christ’s resurrection, miracles, or sinless life but rather he boasted in Christ’s humiliation (Philippians 2:6-7). Our salvation was sealed as Christ bore our sins on that Cross, canceling the record of debt that stood against us (Colossians 2:13-14)! Paul’s life was devoted entirely to Christ, because he had died to the world and the lust of it. The world was dead to him and he to the world.
ADDITIONAL BIBLICAL RESOURCES: Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:5, 1 John 2:15-17, 1 Corinthians 2:2
ASK YOURSELF: What is the boast (praise) of your life? Is it your performance and service unto God? This was not the Apostle Paul’s focus. His focus was on Christ and His Cross. The success of his ministry and the joy of his life was rooted in the work of Christ at Calvary.
QUOTE: “Learn to know Christ and Him crucified. Learn to sing to him, and say, “Lord Jesus, you are my righteousness, I am your sin. You have taken upon yourself what is mine and given me what is yours. You have become what you were not so that I might become what I was not.” –Martin Luther
PRAY: Father, the greatest evidence of Your love for me was seen in the Cross of Your Son. My heart is overwhelmed with gratitude that Your Son died in my place. May my life reflect complete devotion unto You, as I strive to remain crucified to the world and by the Cross of Christ put to death all worldy passions.