BOASTING

I was challenged to share a favorite passage on FB this past week.  One of my life verses was the first to come to mind.  That passage is Jeremiah 9:23-24 which says:  Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.

It’s easy in ministry – especially when you’re perceived by your peers to be “successful” – to say the right words & phrases that fit the current Christian culture, but actually boast in something other than God.  As Mark Batterson said at Catalyst Dallas: “What you don’t turn into praise will turn into pride.”

The key phrase in this passage for me is that I can UNDERSTAND & KNOW THE LORD; that I can be intimately acquainted with His lovingkindness, justice & righteousness.   That’s my desire.  And when I boast (what I give praise to) I hope & pray my boasting is authentically attributed to Him and Him alone.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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