It isn’t a bad thing to be proud. We need good pride in our lives to accomplish and experience all that God has for us. The key to boasting is not to brag about yourself and how “good” you are. Wisdom, strength, ability, riches, etc. are all blessings from God. When we brag about them and how “we achieved” them instead of thanking the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills and the hills also, we walk the dangerous line of temporary fortune.
“Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.””Jeremiah 9:23-24 ESV
One day, it will all fade away…all of it. One day, our influence, abilities and fortunes will be no more. When that day comes, all you will have is Jesus. And at that moment, the only question that will matter is, “What have you done about Christ?” (past tense). It will be too late to start to get to know Him. You will either have a history with the Creator and Savior of the world or you won’t. At that moment, your history with Jesus will determine your future with Him as well.
Do you know Him? If not, today needs to be the day you meet Him. If you already know Him, then count your blessings and start bragging…about Him. The day you draw your last breath, the only question that will matter is, “What did you do with Jesus?” (again…past tense). May we be long-winded in our response.