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 (Gal 6:14).
Boasting. There seems to be a lot of this in our time. I realize that is an incredible understatement, but the world is disturbed politically and culturally. I was speaking to someone while shopping this week who was disturbed with all the online chatter and destructive words. Part of her experience was the effect of boasting. It is defined as “expressing an unusually high degree of confidence in someone or something being exceptionally noteworthy.”
As I thought about this I wondered, “what do I boast in?” What do I express an inappropriately high confidence in that is exceptionally noteworthy? It’s easy to boast in what you love, like family or that you see things that others don’t. It’s also easy to stay silent too. In other words, it’s easy not to boast in the things that you should.
Paul, as he is heading toward the close of his letter to the Galatians, is refocusing and redirecting our minds to what is of supreme importance. In opposition to the false boasting of those who are pressuring the believers to conform to circumcision, Paul says, “far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Meaning, if boasting is what we are talking about, then I should be boasting in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ, that instrument of torture and symbol of death through which Christ conquered death.
Let me boast in that. Why?
Because through the cross the sinful world is dead to me, and my sinful self has died to the world. I have been rescued by the cross of Christ. Sin no longer has a hold on me. Its presence is still there, but its power has been destroyed (Rom 6). I can turn from sin because of the cross of Christ.
Think about what it will look like for you to boast in the cross of Christ. How can this come out in your life through your conversations, postings, and thoughts, that Christ and what he did for you on the cross is of paramount importance? Think upon this and take a step forward to boast in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ through whom you have been freed from sin.