“But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Galatians 6:14
Tim Keller wrote, “Ultimately, Paul says, the heart of your religion is what you boast in. What, at bottom, is the reason that you think you are in a right relationship with God?”
At the end of the day, the new creation, the genuine Christian – who keeps in step with the Spirit of God – rejoices in, brags about, boasts in, exults in one thing when it comes to being in a right relationship with God and going to heaven – Jesus’ work on the cross. The reason we bear burdens for each other, the reason we confront sin, the reason we love the Word, the reason we do good to others, the reason we gather on Sundays, the reason we do Sunday School, the reason we sing, the reason we baptize, the reason we do Lord’s Supper, the reason do anything and everything we do is because Jesus did it all for us. Our hope, our boasting, our joy, our bragging, our confidence is in Him and Him alone.
This means, then, we don’t boast in anything else. We don’t boast in ourselves. We don’t exult in our efforts. We don’t brag about – when it comes to being in a right relationship with God – anything other than the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
How would you answer Keller’s question quoted above? “What, at bottom, is the reason that you think you are in a right relationship with God?”
Seriously – think about that. It is a tough, but essential question.
Whatever the answer – don’t stop until you can say with confidence with Paul that your boast is in the cross.
“Father, make us new creations who gladly boast in nothing but Your Son’s finished work on the cross for us.”