Confidence

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I put no confidence in my race.

I put no confidence in my nationality.

Though I was born the son of a minister of the Gospel and taught and trained in the ways of Jesus, I put no final confidence in my birth or my childhood or my rearing.

I am thankful for all that I have been given by the good hand of God, but I put my confidence, my faith, in one thing alone.

One Man, actually.

My ethnicity can’t tell me where I ultimately belong. My country can’t save me to the uttermost. My parents, though they love me, can’t change me from rebellious to righteous.

My hope, my greatest confidence and trust, are in Jesus Christ alone.

If I have everything but Christ I have nothing.

And if I have nothing but Christ I have everything.

“For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.”

From Philippians 3

Paul put no confidence in that which had proven unable to heal his sinful soul. He knew that being a son of Israel was not enough to save him.

I think he’d have me know that being a white, American, son of a pastor was not enough to save me.

We are the real circumcision, we who put no confidence in ourselves or in powerless, earthly things.

We are truly safe who know the only One who can truly save.

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