"May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."
I love "March Madness." The NCAA men's tournament has become an annual buffet of basketball beauty! 68 teams vie for the right to say, beyond a shadow of a doubt, "We're #1!" The size of your school doesn't matter. Your conference doesn't matter. The only thing that ultimately matters is scoring more points than you opponents for 6 games in a row. And we in the US go crazy watching it all transpire.
Unfortunately, we're also a culture that sows competition & comparison into all aspects of our life. We (sometimes subtly and sometimes not) project an image of why "we're #1!" in so many areas. But then again, maybe that's simply human nature.
Paul understood the dangers of this. He chose to bypass that quagmire of relational quicksand and focus only on Jesus. "May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." We're #1 only because of Jesus. All other boasting, bragging, and attempt to separate ourselves from others can be let go of. It's all Jesus.
(I wonder how different the Church Universal would be if we - especially pastors - adopted this as our way of life?)