“Now there is an umbrella of free justification over us that we receive by faith alone, without works. If you could add a single brick to it, your salvation would be insecure because it would depend on you. That’s also why we have nothing to boast about. Isn’t all boasting just trying to gain the acceptance that only God can give you? But now we can be free from trying to save ourselves, free from trying to earn the good opinion of others. We have the righteousness of Christ through faith as our unshakable new reality.” Jack Miller, from the daily devotional Saving Grace.
This truth reminds me of Paul’s words to the Corinthian church.
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Christ is the end of boasting in ourselves. This is not a negative thing for us, it is actually a relief! No more performing for acceptance. No more proving yourself to others or more importantly, God.
Take this into the new year. It is finished. And so is our boasting in ourselves. Now, let us boast in what the Lord has done!