Reflections: February 9, 2021
Tuesday of Sexagesima
By Jacob Ehrhard
If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. (2 Corinthians 11:30)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. No one likes a boaster. The one who boasts usually has an over-inflated sense of his own importance. She considers herself to be God's gift to the world. Boasting is not only off-putting because it greatly exaggerates a person's skills or accomplishments, but it also tends to belittle everyone else around.
Boasting is usually compensation for some serious deficiency. It puts forward an overstated image, hoping to divert attention away from what would otherwise be a glaring weakness. A person who boasts always has something to hide.
And that's precisely what we do before God. We want Him to think better of us than we deserve. Our default religious setting is to promote our piety and emphasize our spirituality. We want to show God that we are worthy of His kingdom, of His favor. We boast in our works, but our boasting comes from an over-inflated sense of our own importance, As if God needed our works. Our boasting is not good.
The Cross changes boasting. If there was anyone who had reason to boast, to show how He was worthy of God's kingdom, it was the Son of God. But He did not count equality with God as something to be prized (Philippians 2:6). Instead, He humbled Himself and became weak for our sake.
So, "If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness." That's the way of the Cross. We must become weak to see that Jesus is strong. And in Him we find our strength, and of Him we boast. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Jesus loves me! This I know For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong They are weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so. ("Jesus Loves Me" LSB 588, st.1)
-Rev. Jacob Ehrhard is the pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church and School in Chicago, IL.
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