Jeremiah 9: 23-24 – Why Boast in Christ?

By lan Warner


I have wanted to start this site for a long time. I have always felt there was a need to help believers and non believers alike to discover their gifts and use them for the Glory of God. 

One day my pastor was walking me through Romans. He talked about how the word boast has a negative connotation and how it does not get used enough. But then he said how the word boast carries some swag with it. I'll never forgot that and as I kept going through the text the term Boast kept jumping out at me. 

You can be cocky, run your mouth and have all the swag you want, as long as its because of Jesus and not any other reason. This made me want to share the gospel more than ever!

Jeremiah 9: 23-24

"Thus says the Lord: 'Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts, boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight,  declares the Lord.'"

Jeremiah 9:23 -23 is the Foundational Text of This Site

Jeremiah 9: 23-24 hits so hard because it calls out three things that we love to boast in ourselves about. People love to talk and feel good about their money, their wisdom and their power. 

If you were to wrap up reason to boast and be cocky about yourself, money, power and wisdom would top the list. 

The verse throws a curve ball at you though. Its saying that Jesus doesn't care about these things. He could care less how much you have because you could never have enough to earn your salvation. My man Jeff Bezos may be the first trillionaire but that is not enough to get him to Heaven. 

If you're going to boast, boast about Jesus and the things that he delights in. Jesus delights in love, justice and righteousness. 

Your old brags talk about how much you have in the bank. 

With Jesus, your new brags talk about how Jesus is powering you to love others. How Jesus is helping you to seek justice and how Jesus helps you put on the new self and turn away from sin.

You Can't Argue Against Jeremiah-9-23-24 It and its Exciting

The thing I love about the phrase Boast in Christ is that you can't argue with it. It's not controversial and it's very clear the message that God wanted to send to his people. 

Jesus died for us and he took on all of our garbage and mess. He came to earth and lived the perfect life that we could not live. He created a way for us to have relationship with God and because of that all of the glory goes to him. 

No amount of money, power, sex, drugs, wisdom, fame or anything else can accomplish what Jesus did. God's standard is perfection and if you don't meet that, you deserve death.

The fact that this one cat could wipe away all of our sins shows why all boasting should be done in his name. The new job, the bank account, the amazing marriage, and everything else good are because of him. It's because of Jesus that you even have life. 

You start to get The Gospel when this excites you! When you get amped knowing what Jesus died for you and the only thing you can do  to respond is to go and tell as many people about this good news as possible.

Setting Up The Redirect Like Jeremiah-9-23-24

When you build websites, you can set up pages where the domain automatically points to another page. You do this when you want people to land on a more valuable page at the time. 

When you start to Boast in Christ you do the exact same thing. Any praise that is sent your way, you automatically redirect it to the more valuable entity. 

When you are getting ready to boast in your own intelligence, power or anything else, the redirect automatically sends it to Jesus. This posture becomes automatic. You no longer take credit for anything because you know that Jesus deserves it all. 

You see your talents as a way of promoting Jesus Christ and not yourself. The chance to wow a crowd is simply a chance to introduce others to the Gospel. Whenever in doubt just turn back to Jeremiah-9-23-24!

lan Warner

About the author

Ian Warner is a believer, husband, and father of three. He grew up running track in Toronto before earning a scholarship to Iowa State University. At Iowa State, he became an All-American and made the 2012 Olympic team. He currently helps people to build better habits and follow Jesus Christ.

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