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S (Scripture): 2 Corinthians 10:15 [Paul writes:] We do not boast beyond limits, that is, in the labors of others; but our hope is that, as your faith increases, our sphere of action among you may be greatly enlarged, 16 so that we may proclaim the good news in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in someone else’s sphere of action. 17 “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not those who commend themselves that are approved, but those whom the Lord commends.
O (Observation): Paul is looking (as always) to move the sphere of influence further and further outward for the sake of mission. He is not afraid to boast, up to a point, because he is not really boasting in himself…but boasting in the Lord.
Does Paul want to be known? Yes. But only insofar has this helps him to share the Gospel abroad.
A (Application): A follower of Christ wants to share the influence of the Gospel. If reputation helps this, then boast in that reputation! And when you do boast…boast not in yourself, but boast in the Lord! After all, the Lord chooses how and when to lift you up.
For what purpose? For the purpose of sharing the love and mercy of God in further spheres of influence.
P (Prayer): Lord, lift us up not for our glory, but for yours! Amen.