What if I Want To Name-Drop the God of Love?

sandy beach with scrubby trees and brush with blue sky and lake in the backgroundHave you ever felt really proud to know someone? 

I’m thinking of growing up with someone who becomes a celebrity. I have one such person in my life. She’s not a close friend. But I really did know her before she was on television and in movies. 

And sometimes, when she comes up in conversation, or when people are sharing about spotting a famous athlete in the airport or bumping into an actor in a coffee shop, I’ll bring her up. I enjoy the reaction. Somehow I think it makes me look good that I know this semi-famous person. As if proximity (vague proximity) to fame makes me famous or important. 

Boast in the Lord

I noticed recently that Paul writes this little line at the end of the letter to the Corinthians: “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” Honestly, I read it and it didn’t mean much to me. But then I saw that it was from a passage in Jeremiah, so I looked up the reference, and here’s the full verse:

“Thus says the Lord: Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom, do not let the mighty boast in their might, do not let the wealthy boast in their wealth; but let those who boast boast in this, that they understand and know me, that I am the Lord; I act with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

Name-Drop That I Know the God of Love

What if I wanted to name-drop the fact that I know God? God, the one who is famous for love. The one who takes tremendous joy and pleasure in caring for vulnerable people. 

I am much more likely to boast—in a humble brag sort of way—in wisdom, might, or wealth. And yet I also love the thought of becoming someone who boasts only in knowing the steadfast love of God.

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