Have Godly Pride
This verse struck me today:
In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. (v17)
It’s difficult to digest at first. Is Paul telling me to be proud? Even after all he’s been talking about in Romans? Pride points to self, it’s all my doing. But Paul talks about Godly pride – pride that is pointed towards our Father “in Christ Jesus”. Just like a father is proud of his son when he takes his first steps or rides his bike without help – this is selfless pride. The sort of pride that brings us to tears.
Up to this point, Paul has been at pains to point to God – to point to His righteousness and our lack of it as human beings without Christ. It is this constant looking to God for our strength (Psalm 61) in the tasks he asks us to accomplish for his glory that brings this sense of pride in his work through us.
What a glorious God we have who, although we are weak, sinful and prone to wander, will still use us in glorious and mighty ways. We should be proud of his work through us in Christ Jesus, as he goes on to say:
For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me…by the power of the Spirit of God. (v18-19)
Have godly pride.