BOASTING OF HIM ALONE
“And when Peter saw it he addressed the people, “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our power or piety we have made him walk?”
// Acts 3:12
What do you boast about? It might be the team you cheer on making the playoffs or your high-paying job. It might be your GPA that guarantees your acceptance into the grad school of your choice or your Instagram post that generates thousands of likes in a matter of minutes. It might be your bowling average or the circumference of your bicep or waistline. It could even be the church you attend.
Boasting often manifests itself directly in our lives, but it can also very easily be indirect. Imagine a high school basketball player bragging about ‘their’ team winning the NBA Finals, as though they had something to do with the team’s success. They are just onlookers and consumers of their team’s talents and abilities, yet their words imply they took the court also. They claim to be successful by association.
God created us to boast in something great, something bigger than ourselves. He created us to boast in Him because He is the source of everything good, perfect, powerful and great. He is the source of life and the giver of all, and the only one worthy of praise and adoration.
Peter knew this. In this verse we see him presented with an opportunity to boast, either directly or indirectly. Instead, he questioned the crowd’s amazement and the direction of their praise. He wasted no time in jumping on the chance to bring glory to God in a situation where he could have easily received the glory as his own. Peter knew it was the power of Jesus within him and the faith of the crippled man that resulted in the healing; he could not boast in his own abilities as though they played a part.
Godliness is seeing all of life through the lens of being accountable to God. We are dependent on God and we are to do everything to the glory of God. God has to be the focal point of our lives and when He is, we will remain faithful. But when we lose sight of Him we can succumb, ever so quickly, to seeking personal adoration and praise. Let’s put Jesus in His rightful place today, in the center of our lives – that we may boast in Him alone.
// Kelyn Mock