Christ Is Our Confidence
For we are the circumcision, the ones who worship by the Spirit of God, boast in Christ Jesus and do not put confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:4 (CSB)
Do you ever feel that you are not equipped enough to do what Christ has called you to do? I struggle with this issue frequently. I look at those around me, those that are more educated, those that may be more accomplished, and those who have the piece of paper that tells the world they are well-appointed to do things I could only dream of. Sometimes, when I begin to rely on these things or lack thereof, I will hold myself back from things God urging me to be obedient to. I can refrain from sharing Christ, simply because I’m afraid I don’t have the answers. As a writer, as a musician, and as a Mom I can look around and get discouraged because I’m prone to the comparison monster.
It has been said that comparison is the thief of joy, but I want to take that a step further and say that comparison is a liar, and it can affect our relationship with God himself. If we look at Paul’s words here, we need to take them to heart. Our confidence isn’t in our abilities. Our confidence is in Christ and only Christ. Paul was highly educated, and if anyone was to have confidence in his own abilities, it would have been the former Saul. Paul says of his qualifications in Philippians 3:7 “But everything was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ Jesus”. What an encouragement these words are. Knowing Christ should be our focus. Christ should be our confidence because our confidence in anything or anyone else is simply idolatry. If you are feeling less than confident sisters, remember that Christ is all you need. He will lead you, He will guide you, and He will use you.
God, I thank you that you are my hope, my rock, and my assurance. Forgive me when my focus is on anything other than knowing You. Help me to see where You guide me, and to not rely on things of this world to give me confidence. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Do you ever feel unqualified?
Ask God to shine a light this week on any areas or any person that you may be relying upon over Him.
About the Author
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.