And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again. (Philippians 1:25-26)
Where do you base your confidence? Everyone has something or someone on which they build a bedrock of confident expectation.
For some, their confidence is in the number of people who follow them, or how many friends they have. Jesus never based His confidence on others, which is a good thing. He only had twelve solid followers, one of which betrayed Him, and another denied Him and left Him in His greatest hour of need.
For others, their confidence is in the amount of money they have or the power they have amassed in this world. However, history shows us that money can lose its effectiveness, and power often shifts quickly.
Paul wrote that his confidence was in Christ alone. Jesus is the friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24), who empowers us to do all things through Him. God alone is our provider and support.
Paul told the Philippians that he would keep ministering to them on this earth instead of dying and going to heaven because he was confident about what God was doing in his life and through his ministry.
His confidence wasn’t self-motivated. It was God-honoring with the purpose of supporting others.
Practical Application – In what or whom do you place your confidence? When difficulties and storms show up in life, do people note the confidence you have in Christ? Speak out loud today, “I am confident because I am in Christ!”
Hebrews 10:35; 2 Corinthians 2:3