I am a believer in confidence. Confidence gives us the inner resources to take those leaps of faith required in Christian discipleship. In the letter to the Hebrews we read, “Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward” (Heb.10:35).
And yet confidence can be dangerous.
Churches can be confident their ability to communicate using the best in marketing, politics, and entertainment. But instead we need confidence in God and His words, as He speaks to us in Holy Scripture. Churches can be confident in their ability to build successful programs. But instead we need confidence in the work of Christ in us and His means of grace. Christians can be confident in their own good works. But instead we need confidence in the righteousness of Christ which we have received by faith alone.
The Bible reminds us that “the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline”(2Tim.1:7). But where do we place or confidence? In the kingdoms we are building, or in “the Kingdom that cannot be shaken”(Heb.12:28)?