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2 Corinthians 10:17 – Glory in the Lord

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2 Corinthians 10:17

“17 Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord” (ESV).

The King James Version uses the word glory. For some the meaning is more difficult. The Greek word means “to glory, boast, rejoice, make boast, and joy.”

The context is boasting in your work for the Lord and maybe stealing a little praise from other people’s work. No matter how hard you work for the Lord, it is only God who enables anything to come from it. You may lead thousands to Christ, but in reality it was the Spirit of God leading people to Christ. Anything good you do for the Lord is facilitated by Him and wouldn’t be anything good if He hadn’t made it that way.

This goes far beyond your works or service for God. This is an attitude that we need to have in everything we do or say. It’s called being humble and recognizing that we can do nothing apart from Him and that He in turn should receive the glory for any good that comes from our efforts.

Sadly, I’ve heard people boast in their efforts. The word “I” comes up a lot. There is no I in grace. It’s all about Jesus. It’s all about what He has done for us. We are recipients of His unmerited favor. All the glory is due Jesus. Glory is what God says about something. He has the final word in everything. If He says we are healed by the stripes of Jesus then it’s to His glory we say the same thing.

So if you are a hankering to boast, just boast in what the Lord has done. Boast in the Lord. Rejoice in the Lord. Give Him all the glory in what has been done. He has chosen us to share the good news to the world. It’s His good news. We are just sharing it with the world. We are ambassadors called to bring reconciliation. An ambassador is a person who acts as a representative. We represent Jesus. We share the good news. We boast in His goodness and grace. It’s the vine that enables the fruit. We just hold the fruit. So boast in what God’s done for you and for the world.


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