Where Does My Confidence Come From?
Day: 18 | Plan: Christ Alone
Today’s Reading: Philippians 3:1-11
Philippians 3:3 (NIV) “For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—though I myself have reasons for such confidence.”
Would you consider yourself a confident person? Someone who is self-assured in their abilities and talents? Or do you lack confidence, doubting you have the credentials, skills and assurance it takes for God to use you in greater ways?
In Philippians 3:1-11 Paul talks about confidence, but not in a way we might expect. He says, “put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3b). Is Paul saying we shouldn’t have confidence? Not at all. He’s saying we shouldn’t put confidence simply in ourselves. We shouldn’t boast about our own works and achievements, thinking we can add to what has already been accomplished by God for our salvation. Or believe that it's all up to us to achieve greater things for God simply in our own strength. Our boasting should be in Jesus Christ alone.
Paul already had plenty of credentials that he could stack up as confidence in the flesh. In fact, he shares a list of past achievements and impressive upbringing, telling the believers in Philippi, “I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more” (Philippians 3:4-5).
But Paul goes on to say that all those credentials, impressive training and successes – which would have given him reason to boast at one point in his life – he now considered a loss for the sake of Christ.
Compared to the priceless privilege and surpassing worth of personally knowing Jesus, all those former things were now considered “garbage” to him. (Philippians 3:8) What Paul gained was far greater than anything he could have boasted about in his personal accolades and upbringing. Paul’s confidence and full assurance rested in being found in Christ and receiving righteousness from God through faith. (Philippians 3:9)
Paul’s confidence wasn’t based on what he could do for God in his own strength, but what God was infinitely capable of doing for him and through him.
In the same way, our confidence must be firmly rooted in our relationship with Jesus Christ. In understanding all that He has done for us, all that we have received from Him and all that He plans to accomplish through us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I’m so grateful my confidence doesn’t rest on my own abilities and achievements, but comes purely from my relationship with You. Today, I will boast about Your goodness, Your accomplishments and Your plans. I will find assurance in Your presence and in Your promises. And I will shine with godly confidence in the forever redeeming work that Jesus accomplished on the cross for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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