Boast is defined as “to speak with exaggeration and excessive pride, especially about oneself.“
Unfortunately, I must admit that I have struggled with self-boasting pretty much my entire life. There have numerous occasions where my insecurities and desire to prove something to someone, has got the better of me.
Even now, if I’m not careful, pride starts to set in and soon enough I’ll be talking more about myself than things that are really important. Like the following passage from 2 Corinthians.
“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you. We are not going too far in our boasting, as would be the case if we had not come to you, for we did get as far as you with the gospel of Christ. Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand, so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. For we do not want to boast about work already done in someone else’s territory. But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” (2 Cor. 10:12-18)
Clearly, from this passage, my self-boasting is as I suspected, very wrong! However, when I consider how I should be boasting in the Lord, my mind wanders to the concept of one’s testimony.
In recent years, I have heard pastors and other Biblical teachers move from the word testimony to story. Personally, I get great joy from hearing a good story. Now that I say that, I figure who doesn’t?
In addition to liking a great story, I also have a deep craving to understand God’s sovereignty. Specifically, the miraculous way he plans and prepares us for His kingdom. When someone explains how they reached the point of understanding and then in turn, accepted the gift of eternal salvation through Christ; I find myself hanging on every word. Usually, this is because the story begins with a series of events in the person’s life that are all connected, but not evident until after salvation. After the fact, they see how God was always there.
So today, if we’re up for the challenge; why not tell someone our story?
Maybe simply start it with a question like, “do you want to hear a story?” Or perhaps more specific like, “do you want to hear about the day that my life changed?” or “do you want to hear about the event that changed my life?“
Keep in mind that everyone enjoys a good story. Furthermore, it’s not like we have to go through the Romans Road after we tell our story. We should simply boast in what the Lord has done in our lives and let our testimony (or story) speak for itself. The Holy Spirit will move and our boasting may just have been a key piece in bringing someone one step closer to having a story of their own.
As I was writing this post this morning, a lyric from a song suddenly jumped into my mind: “Now that you’ve found me, I can see how You were always there.” For those of you who haven’t guess it yet, it’s from “So Great A Salvation” by The O.C. Supertones. Here’s a clip from their reunion show, a few years back.
When’s the last time you took the time to boast in the Lord?