A Better Way to be Confident: In our previous edition, I told you that I struggled with self confidence when I was a kid. There were moments when my self-esteem was too high and moments when it was too low. The ups and downs were tailored to how I viewed myself at the time, which in most cases, was a result of how I perceived others were viewing me. Most of us have experienced those highs and lows and we’ve tried the common remedy of trying harder to believe in ourselves.
Through the life of Gideon in Judges 6, we see a more gospel-centered view of self-confidence. When God reached out to Gideon to be the next “hero” for Israel, God revealed His view of Gideon, which was very different than Gideon’s view of himself. Through this revelation, we learn that a proper view of self must begin with a proper view of God. I would ask it this way, how can you believe in what God says about you if you have a low view of God? Using Gideon as an example, the stronger his faith was in God, the more he trusted and started living out what God was saying about him (see Judges 6-7).
How does a high view of God impact your view of self? Consider the gospel in answering that question. The gospel teaches us that God is holy, and that apart from Him, our best efforts are no better than the filthiest rag (see Isaiah 64:6). We need to be humbled by this spiritual reality, but yet encouraged to find our identity and value in the grace of God. On our own, we are a filthy mess. Yet, in Christ, we are children of God who have been raised with Jesus for abundant living with value and purpose and eternity on the horizon. Now that is a confidence booster! -Jason