Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith.
This way of justification by free grace, through faith, leaves no room to anyone for boasting of what he is, or has, or does, or can do. Tim Keller says, “This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.”
The more I run to Christ and ‘grow up in Christ’ as Paul says, the more I find a real way of living with others in mind. The less I feel the need for boosting or proving my worth and the more I see the freedom found in Christ and the rest found under the ‘shadow of his wings’. This in turn makes it important not to attempt to solve everyone’s problems or try to be their saviour but to point them to Christ as not just their solution but their saviour.
Jesus, I thank you for your amazing grace and that you have made a way for me to be in relationship with you. It only takes a read through Romans 3 to see that this grace you’ve given me is a free gift and not something that I can boast in. Rather than comparing myself with others, I’m able to surrender with open arms and say, “Who am I that you would die for me?!”. Please continue to reveal the true wonder of your grace that I can so easily take for granted.