But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. – Galatians 6:14
Though the Apostle Paul could have bragged about his special place in God’s service (as a zealous, learned, law-abiding Pharisee), he (by God’s grace) learned that all such boasting was evil. Rather than brag on his own accomplishments, Paul gloried in Christ’s work on the cross, for the Savior’s work made one truth very clear.
This world is fading away.
Through the truth that the cross of Christ proclaims, Paul understood (as we must) that this world is dying and in fact should already be dead to the Christ-follower. There is nothing in this world worth boasting about because it will all disappear.
Bank account? Gone.
One day, it will all be gone, along with any earthly life and accomplishments. There will be opportunities to be proud of some things in this life. There is no harm in that, but above them all we should be most proud of a Savior who gives us eternal life now.
By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade. – Erasmus