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Weekly Devotionals

Remembering The Source

God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Galatians 6:14 (NKJV)

Lately whenever I find myself starting to take credit, even in my own head, Paul’s insistence on refusing to do so at all flashes like an indicator light in my brain. It makes me pause, collect my words, and rephrase before I speak so that what I say more accurately reflects the real source of whatever good happening I’m about to claim responsibility for creating. After all, what do I have that God hasn’t given me? (”And if everything you have is from God, why boast as through it were not a gift?” (1 Corinthians 4:7, NLT) I can’t say that any good thing inmy life originated from my good deeds or talents or timing at all. God has put me where I am and given all that characterizes my ability to meet the occasion – every good and perfect gift comes from Him.

Bu even more than that this passage also points out the distinguishing thing about us as Christians. We are no longer who we started out as at birth or the experiences we have accumulated in that life. Our path diverged from the way it would have gone at its start when in our heart we heard Christ’s call resonating and turned to the light so that His Spirit could take hold of us – when we beheld “the cross of […] Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” We are no longer who we once were or headed where we used to be going by His life-changing grace.

I am not all that I should be yet, but nonetheless I don’t even have a glimpse of the me that might have been. Much like when a line is drawn on an angle just one degree different from its original heading it will wind up in a hugely different place down the line. This me is all Him, and anything I am is thanks to His mercy in finding me and taking me into His wonderful light.

We need to remember how glad we can be of this reminder of what we really have to boast about: we are no longer slaves or orphans; we are children of God! No longer are we headed for death, but rather to life forever in and with Christ. No matter how slow the road or how imperfectly we travel it, He has promised us that He alone (who never fails, and cannot be stopped) will get us there. So, please Lord, take all the credit. Thanks be to God for His good news!