3 For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, 4though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more! – Philippians 3:3-4
More than anyone else, the Apostle Paul had countless reasons to be confident. Born into the people of Israel, the tribe of Benjamin, no one could boast of their godly achievements like Paul. However, Paul goes on to write how he considers all of his accomplishments, talents, and even his heritage “as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (v. 8). Paul lives with eternal confidence because he relies on what Jesus has done for him, rather than all he has achieved himself.
Eternal confidence is the product of a life saved by the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross. Solidified in Christ’s resurrection, those who believe in Him know that on the last day, they will be covered by His blood when they stand before their Creator. This eternal confidence doesn’t merely impact our future, but it invades all facets of our life. Sourced in knowing Jesus Christ, our eternal confidence allows us to walk through dark and even hopeless situations with worship on our lips.
In sports, we can build our confidence through preparation and success, but life does not always give us the time to prepare or the successes that provide the confidence we need to survive. Today, more than ever, we see people overwhelmed with insecurity, anxiety, and depression due to the realities of life. This is why placing our confidence and hope in Jesus Christ is so essential. Instead of only placing your confidence in your athletic achievements and talents, boast in the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ and live with eternal confidence.
- Where do you find or place your confidence?
- Prayerfully reflect on what Jesus has done for you.
- Ask God to fill you with eternal confidence through the Holy Spirit.