When we are truly working to please God and not man, we have NO need to boast about what we’ve done! People may not be right there over our shoulders to see all the wonderful works we do; but God is always there-He sees EVERYTHING. So even when we don’t get praise from men, we should rest assured that God sees our good works and will indeed reward us in due season. James 4:16 (New King James Version) tells us that boasting is evil; whether it’s boasting about our good works, our wisdom, or even what we THINK we will be able to do tomorrow which is a day that is not promised.
Then Matthew 6:1 (NKJV) instructs us saying, “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your father in heaven.” If we want a reward from our Father in Heaven it is a must that we remain HUMBLE. Now consider this, how can we give to the poor if God has not first given us an abundance to share? How can we share a word of wisdom and understanding if God has not first revealed truth to us? Or how can we minister to another through a gift if God didn’t first give the gift?
My point in all these questions is to show that we can do NOTHING without God. In order for us to bless others though our good works we have to first be touched, blessed, and empowered by God. Now I say if you must boast about anything, boast not of yourself but of God and 2 Corinthians 10:17-18(NKJV) tells us just that! So let me boast about God for a minute! God has indeed given me much knowledge, wisdom, and understanding concerning His Word; and He has given me a SOUND mind. And it is only by this, by God’s divine touch that I am able to share these uplifting messages with you all!
Now I’ve still got A LOT to learn and there’s still so much MORE that I can do; but I’m excited about everything that lies ahead of me and I encourage you to be excited about what God has for you too! But remember: no matter how high God takes you, continue to humbly do your work and boast not of yourself. Now there’s much work in the Lord to be done…So let’s WORK IT!
-To God be the Glory
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.