Have you ever met someone who loves to flaunt their wealth, making a point that they are rich? Or flaunt their intelligence to win adulation, or their bodies to gain admiration? Seeing life from an inflated view of self-importance, these prima donnas believe everything revolves around them.

4 Love is not puffed up.
1 Corinthians 13:4

The Greek word for “puffed up” is physioō which means “swollen up”. A person with an inflated ego suffers from a deflated sense of self. This causes them to fabricate a larger-than-life persona to compensate for a perceived lack or inadequacy.

The Apostle Paul told the Philippians that those things he once considered worth something were now worth nothing because of Christ (Philippians 3:7-11). Knowing Christ was more than enough for him. By reframing his life on the reality of Christ, Paul recaptured his identity. No longer needing to fill the emptiness of his heart with deeds and feats, Paul was at peace because God in Christ was satisfied with him.

Your identity is not contingent on what you do or don’t do.

You were once marred by sin but through His finished work, Jesus came to reveal your “real you” to you again. Since He has written your purpose in His mind, He will guide your destiny with His hands. He has the power to do so because He is the Source of your life. Let His life in you define you.

If you need to boast, boast in what the Lord has done for you (1 Corinthians 1:31).


© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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