“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…”(Galatians 6:14). What a profound statement! This alone should be the Christian mantra. Nothing else in this world is worthy of glory; as is Jesus and the Cross. Paul was quite an accomplished chap. “Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless” (Philippians 3;4-6). Worldly speaking, if anyone had right to brag, it was Paul. Yet, we see his thoughts in our opening Scripture. He’s no braggart.
We all have things and accomplishments we are proud of (and somethings not so proud). It’s alright to be happy for some good things we do and celebrate a milestone (graduation from school, job promotion, etc), but we must keep it in perspective. How does what we do contrast with the Cross? I think you will agree, what we do is as “filthy rags” compared to the Cross. Paul says, “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself” (Galatians 6:3). This is one reason mankind believes they can earn/work their way to Heaven. If you think that-you are simply saying the Cross is not sufficient and Jesus needs help getting you to Heaven! God forbid.
I was always blessed to have my wife perform special music at the churches I pastored. She has a magnificent voice and humble spirit and that is what made her singing of Dottie Rambo’s song, “I Will Glory in the Cross,” so beautiful. I can hear her rich alto voice singing. “I boast not of works or tell of good deeds
for naught have I done to merit His grace, all glory and praise shall rest upon Him so willing to die in my place. I will glory in the cross; in the cross, lest His suffering all be in vain. I will weep no more for the cross that He bore I will glory in the cross. My trophies and crowns, my robe stained with sin. Twas all that I had to lay at His feet, unworthy to eat from the table of Life, till Love made provision for me.“ I’ll tell you if that song doesn’t crank your motor-it may be time for a new one! It’s simple. We need to glory in the Cross and nothing else.