Paul said, "May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Galatians 6:14 NRSV)
Where do you find glory? We all glory in something, don's we? Some people glory in their accomplishments. Sir Christopher Wren lies buried in St. Paul's Cathedral, the great church that he both designed and built. On his tombstone is a simple Latin inscription which means, "If you wish to see his monument, look around you." Some people glory in the things they can accomplish.

Others glory in their possessions. As Frank Tyger has so cleverly put it: "America is the land of the spree and the home of the crave." Fights over money rank as the number-one source of marital discord according to most surveys. Some people glory in their possessions.

I wonder how many of us truly glory in the cross of Christ. I am speaking to myself as well as you. Even in the ministry there are many temptations to glory in worldly things. I heard about a famous preacher who used to wear red socks, sequined trousers and a flashy checkered sport coat into the pulpit. Then he would begin his message by praying, "O God, hide me behind the cross!"

St. Paul gloried in the cross of Christ. And so can we. All we need to do is spend a few minutes thinking about the meaning of that cross for our lives.

Dear God, may I truly glorify you through the cross of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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