Too often Christians boast about all the wonderful things they are doing. This was happening in the church in Corinth and that is why the apostle Paul addressed it in his second letter to the church leaders. He wrote, “Oh, don’t worry; I wouldn’t dare say that I am as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, and measuring themselves by themselves. What foolishness! But we will not boast of authority we do not have. Our goal is to stay within the boundaries of God’s plan for us, and this plan includes our working there with you. We are not going too far when we claim authority over you, for we were the first to travel all the way to you with the Good News of Christ. Nor do we claim credit for the work someone else has done. Instead, we hope that your faith will grow and that our work among you will be greatly enlarged. Then we will be able to go and preach the Good News in other places that are far beyond you, where no one else is working. Then there will be no question about being in someone else’s territory. As the Scriptures say, “The person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done. When people boast about themselves, it doesn’t count for much. But when the Lord commends someone, that’s different!”
Paul is right. When we boast we should boast about God. We should be saying, “This is what God has done” or “God is a great God. He has done this or that.” We should always give credit where credit is due. If God has done something wonderful, boast about it. David in his psalms was always encouraging us to sing about the wonderful things God has done, to declare His wonderful works or to tell others how great He is. We are to exalt God. We are to brag about Him not ourselves and our accomplishments. Without God we are hopeless—nothing. We are great only in our eyes and maybe in the eyes of others. But what good does that do us. The Bible says we should be humble. Jesus never boasted and He had every reason too. He was humility in the flesh. God doesn’t like boastful people. Humility is a quality He prefers and encourages. Satan is boastful. He thought he was great, so great that he wanted to be like God. That led to his downfall. Pride goes before a fall. When we do great things, give God all the praise.
It is better to have God commend us. He commended Job. He commended Moses. Instead of boasting and comparing your accomplishments with others’ boast about God. People admired famous people like Princess Di and Mother Theresa because although they were wealthy, they were humble. They helped others. God is not impressed with people who have the most degrees or plaques hanging in their offices, the most possessions, the most talents or anything like that. He is impressed with those who put others first and go out of their way to help people and not make a show of it. Be the kind of person God wants you to be. Humble.