Boast in the Lord
Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. – 2 Corinthians 10:17-18
We humans with our limited power and limited knowledge have no right to boast about ourselves.
Those in the world who have achieved some degree of worldly success may delude themselves into thinking that they have made such achievements through the work of their own hands. And while I acknowledge that their hard work played some role in it, there are simply too many factors that they couldn't control that worked out in their favor.
Birth. They were born into a specific household, such as being born into a family with more privilege than average.
Geography. They were born into a specific location in the world that might have given them certain advantages, such as being born in a first-world country rather than a third-world country.
Genetics. They were born with certain genetic attributes that are advantageous, such as being a genius with the ability to solve difficult problems, or being more physically attractive with the desired traits to become a celebrity.
Luck. They had chance encounters with the right people at the right time, leading to the exact opportunities they needed.
All such factors were things that they had no control over. To boast about such things and to claim credit is foolish.
Really, the only thing we have a right to boast about is our almighty God, who actually controls such factors. God is omniscient and omnipotent. He gives us grace and shows us mercy. Because of God, we are who we are today. These boasts are perfectly reasonable because we're rightfully giving glory to God, not ourselves.
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