Today at church, the message was about confidence. The speaker asked us what the source of our confidence was. Nice clothes? Good looks? A nice car? Having a boyfriend or girlfriend? Good grades? Or all of the above?
This made me think long and hard about where my confidence stemmed from. I suppose it’s because my family is relatively well-off and my parents buy me pretty much anything I ask (hence all the material goods), and because I happen to be blessed with a decent appearance and some intelligence. And I guess having a popular boyfriend and enough friends to never be lonely helps, too. But I realized, even with all this, was I truly confident?
No. In spite of all this that I have (and I AM grateful), I’m still deeply insecure. No matter how many new clothes I buy or how I try to make myself look better or smarter, I still feel inadequate. It’s really sad when I think about it, and the only thing that comforts me about this fact is that I know I’m not alone. Despite whatever exteriors people may put up, I’m positive that I’m not the only one who feels this way.
True confidence, one that comes from God and not from worldly things, comes from forgiveness and acceptance.
- Know that God has forgiven us completely, and that we must forgive ourselves. After all, if our Heavenly Father has forgiven us, who is anyone to say more, including ourselves?
- Accept our identity in Christ. God has accepted us as His beloved sons and daughters, and it’s about time we accepted it as well.
Two such simple concepts to understand, yet so difficult to execute. I’m sure we all know this, and I know this, even before the speaker talked about it. Yet we’re in need of constant reminder. Sometimes people talk about God’s wrath and judgment so often, that we forget the even greater love and grace of God. But when we are secure in our identity in God, we can live each day with the same kind of confidence Jesus displayed, knowing that we are forgiven, accepted, and loved by the most high God.