I love talking about my David. I didn’t realize he was so intelligent, proficient at almost everything, and incredibly capable before I married him. I am so thankful for his depth of character and speak well of him every chance I get.
But there is some one I love bragging about even more than my beloved. In fact, I talk about Him and the ways He has influenced and transformed my life whenever I have opportunity.
The other day I encountered a neighbour I hadn’t seen for some time. She was surprised to see little Raphael, knowing I had been in a wheelchair, trying not to die. I told her howJesus had taken the Lyme Disease away, and that Raphael was a miracle gift we never expected to receive.
There is no end to the things I can boast about Jesus for in my life: His goodness and kindness in the midst of suffering. His faithful provision to care for our needs. His peace when the world is shifting in uncertainty. His voice, speaking into our circumstances of His intentions and plans for us, when they were humanly impossible.
When I boast about myself, it is a vain attempt to establish a firmer identity. When I boast about Jesus, it anchors my identity in the One who sustains and fulfills true identity.
I used to think sharing my faith was intimidating; that I had to know the right words to convince some one they should believe.
But as I get to know Jesus better, I realize, all I have to do is share what He is doing in my life in a genuine way as He gives me opportunity. I am not responsible for “making some one believe.” that is the Holy Spirit’s job. But out of my love and affection for Jesus, stories of His faithfulness in my life naturally come out, providing seeds for the God’s Spirit to breath on.
But let the one who boasts, boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:24)
Not only is this, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:11)
Its hard to offend people with a story and if they are hungry, the conversation will go farther. I love sharing the truth about who Jesus is for them too, but it often begins with sharing an experience of Jesus or a question about their life.
When we boast in the goodness of God, it puts a picture of Jesus in people’s minds they don’t get from secular media or society. Few people know that God actually desires a relationship with them and that He is a good Father who delights to guide and bless His kids! This is something worth knowing and worth boasting about.
What has God done in your life that is worth boasting about? How are you getting to know Jesus better so His resurrection power is evident in your life?