Confidence is something I’ve always struggled with growing up. (I’m writing this in the context that I never really grew up.) I also know confidence is a struggle for many other people taking part in this thing scholars, philosophers, a mothers call life. Some people don’t struggle with confidence. They walk, talk, eat, and sleep with confidence.
As I said, I never have been confident. The only confidence that I have continually had in myself is the confidence that I’m not confident. I don’t know if I’ve used the word confidence enough yet. I struggled withe trying to find what defined me (you can read about what defines you from our last post). And nothing ever seemed to. Someone always seemed to be better. Someone always seemed to be smarter. Someone could throw a baseball faster. Someone always looked better. Yet, I was always taught to live humbly. I taught to live in manner of knowing I wasn’t better than anyone. I was to clothe myself in meekness and always put others before myself. Over course this has always been easy for me. It isn’t hard to humble yourself when everyone around you was better than you.
But Jesus changes everything.
Humbleness: Jesus came and walked humbly. He was God (John 1) yet lived a life of service to lowly man (Mark 10:45). Jesus humbled Himself to the point of coming to a lost, sinful, and rebellious world in human form to give His life as a ransom for many (Philippians 2:8; Mark 10:45). A world rebellious toward Him. He came to speak life and truth to those who would deny His every word. He came bringing salvation to a world that would murder Him on a cross. He came in meekness. The Son came in humble obedience to the Father.
Confidence: Yet Jesus was confident in His mission. Jesus was confident in His Father. In a single prayer only a short time before His imminent death, He found strength in doing the Father’s will (Mark 14:35-36). Christ was confident in the Father fulfilling His promises through Christ’s obedience. He was confident that what He was about to endure would bring salvation to the world (John 3:16). He was confident that His blood would suffice to bring a rebellious people into the Kingdom of God. He was confident that God would send a Helper to those who believed in Him that would carry the truth throughout the world until the end of time (John 14:15-31).
Jesus is the only one who could redeem us. He humbly descended from His heavenly throne to come to save us. And He freely chose to do so.
God allows us to trust in the truth of the gospel, to trust in the truth of Jesus as our only Savior. Through this we gain confidence that our relationship with God can be restored. The perfect Son of God paid a penalty for a rebellious people so they could have the chance to be seen as pure before the eyes of God (1 Peter 3:18). God allows us to be conformed to the image of Christ. Christ takes our sin and we receive His glory.
I am able to live in humbleness. Not because everyone I come into contact with me is better or smarter, but because One came to offer me life that I could not obtain on my own (John 10:10). One came and paid a debt I could not afford. I am humbled knowing Jesus is better, yet died as the worst so I could live accepted before a holy God.
I am able to live confidently knowing my Jesus has won (John 16:33). I am confident knowing that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus my Lord (Romans 8:38-39). I am confident that through Christ’s victory I am victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57). I am confident that Jesus is coming again to bring me into the eternal presence of God.
I am humbled knowing I did nothing. I am confident in knowing a God who did everything. Because of Jesus I can lower myself to serve those around me. Because of Jesus I can run the race with confidence. Because of Jesus I can walk in humble confidence.
I am humbled knowing I can’t do this on my own.
I am confident knowing I am not alone.
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom.”