Mind – Muscle - Money
Jeremiah 9:23 says, “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.’” The implication of this verse is that there is nothing wrong with a keen intellect, a fit body, or accumulated wealth. In fact these are admirable qualities to pursue in life. However, they are simply not the source of our “boasting.” Why?
Quite simply, they each come with their limitations. Psalm 49 puts all of this in perspective when it concludes, “Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.” Earlier in the psalm it speaks of “those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches.” But it is a misplaced boast because the rich die like the poor and no man can amass enough wealth to buy another day. It says in verse 7, “Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life.”
So it is with “mind - muscle - money.” They are not the source of our “boasting.” They are not the main pursuit of life. What is it then? Who is it then?
Jeremiah goes on to say, “but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me.” Paul says it this way in Philippians 3:7, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”
If knowing Jesus is qualitatively better than all of these other pursuits in life, it only stands to reason that we seek first the kingdom of God above all other things. Why not invest your life in something that truly lasts.
Are you pursuing Jesus? Make Sunday morning worship with God’s people a priority. Join a Community Group and be a source of encouragement to others. Ask daily for the filling of the Holy Spirit and the let the Word of Christ dwell in your richly. Make it your ambition in life to know Jesus.
Paul says that no human being can boast of himself in the presence of God. Rather, Jesus is “our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” And so quoting the prophet Jeremiah, Paul concludes 1 Corinthians 1 by saying, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
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