Galatians 6:14
But far be it from me to boast in anything or anyone, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. AMP

The term translated “boast” here (kauch─ôsis) can refer to good or bad bragging, boasting or rejoicing. It refers to saying something in an excited way or making bold assertions. Usually people brag about things from which they derive pleasure and pride.

Goliath boasted about his superior pedigree over the Israelites’ army (1 Sam 17:4-11). He did not know that no king is saved by the size of his army and no warrior escapes by his great strength (Ps 33:16). Nebuchadnezzar boasted about the great Babylon he had built by his mighty power and for the glory of his majesty (Dan 4:30). He did not know that pride comes before a fall (Pro 16:18).

Beloved, there is a lot of misguided boasting within and without the church today. In this Holy Week and always, let us reject the practice of boasting in the flesh. Let us not boast about our personal achievements, ambitions or abilities. Let us not brag about our background, heroes or connections.

Like Paul, let us only boast about what the Lord has done for us at Calvary. Let us boldly declare the finished work of the Cross. For nothing but the blood of Jesus can wash away our sin and make us whole again!

Pastor Josh