Daily Reading: Psalms 95-101; 1 Corinthians 3
So then let no one boast in men. For all things belong to you, (1 Corinthians 3:21, NASB95)
Since all things belong to the Corinthians, isn’t this a reason to boast? At first glance, Paul’s statement may seem like a contradiction: Don’t boast in men; for all things belong to you. The Corinthians were boasting in people, who baptized them, what they had achieved, what those they were following had done, and their wisdom (1 Cor. 1:11-15). Wouldn’t this cause them to boast in what they possessed even more? However, Paul turns this kind of thinking on its head. He exhorts them to “Let no man deceive himself” (1 Cor. 3:18). Paul lets them know that their boasting is not great enough. To boast in leaders is far too restrictive a view of their true possession in Christ. Yes, all things belong to them, including
- The world,
- Future (1 Cor. 3:22),
However, they are yours only because you’re in Christ. All things belong to Christ, who belongs to God. All things are His; therefore, you must seek to glorify God and not yourself or others. Why is it so important for Christians to boast only in God? Any other boasting puts people’s focus and attention off of God and on themselves. Boasting in anything else is a form of false kingdom building and idolatry. Whose temple are you building (1 Cor. 3:10-17)? What do you have that was not given to you (1 Cor. 4:7)? Is it your aim to live for the glory of God alone (1 Cor. 1:31)?