This is what the Lord says: Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these things I delight declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24
We are a bragging society. Television reality shows and game shows provide the opportunity for contestants to show off their knowledge or strength in a very public way. Others brag about money they may or may not have by purchasing expensive cars and homes. People brag about what they have and what they have accomplished. Parents and grandparents brag about their children and love to show off pictures. Many parents carry little “brag books” to show off pictures of their children and what they have done. Facebook is the new “brag book” where we can share the fun and exciting things in our lives.
There is nothing wrong with bragging about those we love and sharing the joy they bring to our lives, but the one who loved us enough to die for us accomplished so much more. Yet many of us are afraid to brag about what He has done for us. Galatians 6:14 says, “As for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” There is nothing any of us could ever accomplish that compares to the kindness, justice, and righteousness of our Lord. What Christ has done in our lives is an amazing personal experience. We just need to do some bragging and be willing to share with others the impressions God has left in our lives.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Many of us learned this verse as a child, and it is the perfect “brag book” to show others how Christ has changed our lives. Jesus Christ died for our sins so that we may have eternal life, and we need to tell others so that they may also experience salvation. My challenge for you is to pull out your John 3:16 “Brag Book” and boast of the wonderful things Christ has done in your life, so that others may also experience salvation.
If you don’t already know Christ as your personal Savior, you simply need to pray and:
A – Admit you are a sinner – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
B – Believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again. – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
C – Confess your sins and ask Jesus into your heart. “That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
If you just accepted Christ as your Savior, you now have your own John 3:16 “Brag Book”. Share with someone the first and most important thing Christ has done in your life.