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Devotional - week of June 15, 2008


SOMETHING TO BRAG ABOUT

 

Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God. For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me … Romans 15:17-18 (NASB)

  

Paul goes on to write that the result of the work of Jesus through him was the conversion of Gentiles in many places.  

 

There are several interesting accounts of the report Paul and Barnabas gave after their return from their very successful first missionary journey. They reported to the church at Antioch—the church from which they were sent out:

 

… all that God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.  Acts 14:27

 

On two occasions they reported the results of their ministry to the saints in Jerusalem.

 

And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders; and they reported all things that God had done with them.  Acts 15:4

 

Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles.  Acts 15:12

 

In writing the letter to the Romans, Paul is still bragging about God being at work—not himself (Romans 15:17-18). He knew well that he was only an instrument God was using.

 

The work of God is just that. It is the work of God. We praise Him that He takes us along with Him to work through us. But we make a grave error in thinking we can accomplish anything for God. His work is always His work.

 

By living out our oneness with Christ, we make ourselves available instrument for God to use. In John 15:5 Jesus says, “… without Me you can do nothing.” When we attempt to make something happen for God, we place burdens on ourselves He does not want us to carry.