So, what does our faith grow to embrace more and more of? What all do we have in Jesus that we are meant to discover, rediscover, rest in and receive? Well, there is another Father/Son relationship in the Gospel of John, the relationship of Jesus, the Son, and God the Father. And the Father has a similar word about His Son, that He is going to die.
Do we activate God by our devotion and discipleship? Do we make God real and active in our lives, relationships, work, church, ministry, and places in life? The religious leaders in Jesus’ day thought so…
Faith is harder than we think. Skeptics are, well, skeptical: “How can there be just one true religion?” “How can you take the Bible literally?” Young adults struggle to believe like their parents. Mountain top spiritual experiences never last, twenty-four hours is even asking a lot.
Paul assumes all are trying to build themselves up, trying to construct confidence. Whatever we boast in is what gives us confidence to go out and face the day. Whatever we boast in is what supports the weight of our lives - it fundamentally defines us.