Why Humble Bragging Is Not God-Glorifying
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever.” Romans 11:36
We see it all the time, and we’re all guilty: humble bragging. Just open up your social media feed. It’s everywhere. Sometimes it’s well-concealed, and other times it’s not so covert. No matter the level of camouflage, it screams, “I did this!” And while our motives often involve pride, the world calls self-congratulating good.
They say, “You deserve credit!” Oh, what a horrible lie from the evil one. What trickery we buy into while glory is deflected from God and onto ourselves. It doesn’t take much for us to feel completely self-made and deserving of praise. But, sisters, this lie, though it superficially builds us up, can just as quickly tear us down in our false sense of autonomy.
God is the orchestrator weaving together every seemingly insignificant detail that makes up the story of your life. Even the entirety of the Bible shows how the Lord used every event and person to weave together the beautiful tapestry of his redemption plan. Ultimately, everything comes from His gracious hand, and we have to give glory to Him…for any accomplishment, for acquired wealth, for our children, for our jobs, and for every circumstance in our life.
We are so undeserving of the many graces He showers upon us. This includes the greatest grace of all, that Jesus took the punishment for the sins of His people and gave us life. May we give glory to Him alone.
Lord, forgive me when I seek to exalt myself instead of giving credit to You, the giver and sustainer of my life, and the author and perfecter of my faith. May I be humbled every day by Your grace and by the many undeserved gifts in my life. May I decrease, and may You increase.
Do you often find yourself looking for ways to boast in yourself? Pray God would give you eyes to see your sin in this area and that He’d give you both a desire to glorify Him above all and a heart that is content in being known and loved by Him. Memorize Romans 11:33–36
About the Author
Chelsey Meissner is obsessed with seeing and savoring Jesus. She is a lover of books, coffee, cats, running, and all things vintage. Chelsey is excited to travel the the world with her husband, Eric, who is a Marine Officer.