So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
Confidence can be a tricky thing. On the one hand, people who have strong confidence in what they are doing can be viewed as admirable leaders who are easy to follow. On the other hand, people who are “overly” confident can be considered arrogant or prideful. Jesus’ life was marked by His humility, but today’s passage celebrates confidence. How can we reconcile that in a way that’s healthy?
Jesus’ humility was seen in every interaction He had with those around Him. He was quick to serve, listen, care, and go the extra mile for those in need. That doesn’t mean He did so with a lack of confidence. He knew the purpose of His life was to be the manifestation of God’s love to the world and walked boldly in that purpose. There was confidence He had that was based on His calling and identity, allowing Him to stand tall even when society wanted nothing to do with Him.
We can have strong confidence, but still live a life marked by humility. Our primary purpose in life is simple: to love God and love other people. The way we talk, use our resources, and treat others all have a weight to them and point to what we believe matters most. Though humility is the recognition that life doesn’t revolve around us, we can still have confidence in knowing that our gifts, influence, and passions are all part of a perfect design to live an others-centered life. God made you unique to do uniquely extraordinary things.
Thought of the day: Do you feel like you are confident in your gifts and influence? What are some of the things that either give you that confidence or hold you back from walking confidently?
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for gifts and influence You have given me. In the times that I struggle to have confidence, remind me that every part of me was made intentionally by You so that I could serve others and serve You.