WANTED: People who are not afraid to boast to their friends, family and even strangers. No experience necessary. That may sound like a rather unusual job description, but since God is the Employer,” we can expect it to be a little out of the ordinary. The task should not be foreign to God’s people because God wants us to boast!
“Wait a minute,” you say. “The Bible clearly states that we should not be boastful. In Romans 1:30 Paul links boasting with many other evils, such as insolence, pride, envy and hatred of God. And in Ephesians 2:8-9 he writes, ‘For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God—Not of works, lest any man should boast.'”
Well, it depends on what kind of boasting you are doing. There are many things in this life in which we should not trust or boast. Nevertheless, God allows—yes, encourages—us to boast in him and in what he has done for us. Psalm 44:8 declares, “In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name forever.…”
Godly boasting is not done merely for our edification, and not even because the Lord deserves recognition. When we boast in the Lord, it is for the benefit of the one who hears our boasting. David wrote, “My soul shall make her boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear of it, and be glad” (Psalm 34:2).
If we boast in ourselves, it is just an exercise in self-absorption. When we boast in the Lord, however, not only are we caught up in praise and worship, but others are encouraged to seek him as well. The Apostle Paul understood this when he wrote, “But God forbid that I should glory [boast], except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Galatians 6:14).
That is really why we do some of the things we do at Jews for Jesus. It’s our way of boasting in the Lord. When we stand on street corners of major cities like New York and Chicago wearing our shirts or jackets with big, bold lettering that says “Jews for Jesus,” or “Yeshua, He’s Jewish,” it’s not to put us in the limelight, but to proclaim him.
Several summers ago a number of us pooled our money and placed a gospel statement on the big electronic billboard in Times Square. We arranged it so that the statement would be shown when all the Broadway theaters let out. It was a warm Saturday night, and we all went downtown to Times Square to hand out our gospel broadsides. Then, right at the moment that our gospel statement flashed across that big screen, we all yelled and pointed up at it. Thousands in Times Square saw that gospel message, and I still remember the joy I felt as we boasted in the Lord together.
We do things like that at Jews for Jesus. Through our Yeshua Campaigns we are able to boast in the Lord all over the world in newspapers and magazines. And the wonder of it all is that people really do respond.
We Jews for Jesus employ organized ways to boast in the Lord, but any Christian can do it. You don’t need a newspaper ad or a billboard, or even a handful of broadside tracts in order to boast in the Lord. All you need is yourself. God has given each believer a mouth to proclaim his goodness and grace. And as long as we have breath, he gives us the opportunity—the privilege—of boasting for him. Why not take advantage of those opportunities? Don’t be a self-conscious Christian. Be a boastful believer for the glory of God!