Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
Love... Does Not Boast
Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches...
Jeremiah 9:23 (NIV)
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.
Proverbs 27:2 (NASB)
In 'Love Is Not A Gallery' (Part 8 of this series), we discussed the tendency for churches to boast. But why? Why do they show off fancy buildings, pastor pedigrees and various numerical accomplishments...

Including members, baptisms and years in Christ?

If boasting is like advertising, many medium-to-mega churches advertise. They boast of their accomplishments to reassure current customers (members) they're in the right place; also to market (share) their excellence to attract new people. Because they have a lot of competition (other churches).

Logically, a certain amount of income (offerings) is necessary to continue their work... and/or increase it. All businesses run this way.

Even so, I can't help but wonder how the early church would view modern church business and boasting. How does God view it? Has people pleasing become our status quo?

If so, then (also logically) sermons would focus on God's great blessings (like asking and receiving)... but skip His harder Commandments (like cross-carrying).

I write this devotion not to condemn, but to encourage small churches and home churches. Also to ask boards of elders and senior pastors in larger churches to reconsider who they're trying to please.

Therefore, we love.

## Love Series: Love Does Not Boast (Part 12)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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