There is a cliché in sports that says, “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” This is a favorite among gifted athletes, especially those who have set records, won championships and continually make the morning highlight reels. Their ability and athleticism is on display for all to see, and given the accomplishments, why should they not toot their own horn? But what if they can’t accomplish what they claim? Well, then it’s just bragging.
The people of God are called to do extraordinary things with the gifts and talents God provides. All are blessed with gifts of the Holy Spirit to bring about God’s goodness in the lives of others. As the apostle Paul teaches us, there are many varieties of gifts, but the one Lord activates them all. Some people work in the medical field while others are knowledgeable teachers. No matter the vocation, regardless of the skill or ability, it is God who brings to us the ability to accomplish the work of the gospel.
As sinners in need of redemption, Christians know that as the ministry of one believer succeeds, the entire body of Christ on earth is built up. It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we become doers of the gospel. There is no need for bragging. The good works accomplished through us give glory to God, who saves his people through Christ the Lord.
Prayer: Equip me with gifts for service, O Lord, that I may do the work of your gospel. Amen.