Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (NIV)
Some people may think obeying Jesus is very limiting – that He really restricts what an ambassador of His can do. I am actually amazed at the number of questionable behaviors Jesus allows us to do as His ambassadors.
For example, Jesus does not discourage us from wanting to be first. That may seem ironic given his humility. Jesus teaches His disciples, as captured in Mark 9:35 (NIV), that wanting to be first comes with a high cost: “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
The same is true with boasting. If you want to boast, the Apostle Paul says go right ahead, but “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Paul’s words to the Corinthian church remind us that as Christ’s ambassadors we should not think too highly of ourselves but we should think very highly of God. We should boast about Him. Not in an intentionally offensive way, but respectfully, with humility.
It is easy to boast about God if we don’t think too highly of ourselves. Do you find it difficult to boast about God? Could it be a sign that you are thinking too highly of yourself and too concerned at what others may think of you? Boasting about God (His mercy, grace, power, love, and patience) carried out with respect and humility will inevitably lead your audience to have a more favorable view of God.
So, go ahead, ambassador – boast away today. Seek the first spot while you’re at it. Just remember to direct your boasting to be about Jesus as you become first at being the servant of all.
You are seized to be a Boaster in the Lord!
This is the third in the “Seized to Be An Ambassador of Christ” series of blog posts.