“It is clear that you are Christ’s letter, produced by us, not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God-not on stone tablets but on tablets that are hearts of flesh. We have this kind of confidence toward God through Christ. It is not that we are competent in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our competence is from God. He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit produces life (2 Cor. 3:3-6)”
Where does your confidence come from? For some, it comes from job performance, for others it comes from the encouragement one receives from other people…family, friends, staff, church etc. For still others, confidence comes, they believe, from someplace deep within themselves, willing their ego to pour out of their mouth the self talk they have puffed themselves up with. Maybe confidence comes from one’s social status, power, financial success, material gains. Anyone who has ever laid eyes on me may think that my confidence comes from the style of clothing I wear and how many bow ties I can tie all by myself. And, while it’s somewhat true that I have adopted a kind of “the clothes make the man” persona, I can assure you that any confidence I have can only be traced back to my position in Christ. In fact, my question at the very start of this prayer point is the completely wrong question entirely. For those in Christ, the question should NEVER be “where” do we find confidence, but instead IN WHOM do we find our confidence.
You see, from the moment of our justification (right standing before a Holy God through salvation in Christ), confidence ceased to be something we can obtain, maintain, or showcase on our own. It’s only because of Christ humbly going to the cross, scorning its shame, and through that imputing his righteousness onto those who believe, that we are able to have any confidence at all. So, as you preach the gospel to yourselves this week, remind yourself again and again that you are His and that having confidence is a wonderful character quality that makes you who you are. But all praise, glory, and honor should be to the One who gave any confidence to you in the first place!
Heavenly Father, thank You that You have given me Your righteousness in Christ. Thank You that any confidence I have is only on account of your love and mercy toward me. I ask that if there is any self-righteous pride or egocentricism that gives off false confidence, that You would strip that down and allow me to find my confidence solely in You. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.
Clayton J. Elliott
Pastoral Ministries and Prayer, Kontaktmission USA
clay@GoKMUSA.org (731) 217-1741
Here are some additional prayer requests for KM missionaries throughout the world.
From the KM missions team working in Iasi, Romania. “We hope to have women’s meetings in all the villages where we work this month. Please pray that the women will respond by joining us with their ears and hearts open to the gospel!”
From Willi and Katharina Lowen, KM Director of Missions in the former Soviet countries. “We are thankful for God’s blessing on the teaching at Mission Academy at the beginning of January. Willi taught the course “Character in the Kingdom of God,” and had a very good response. From 2/26 – 3/3 Willi taught pastors in the Ukraine about mentoring. Please pray with us that the pastors will develop an outstanding vision for guiding workers.”
We would also love for all to be praying for all of the KM supporters, missionaries, staffers, and leaders who are able to go this weekend for our Missions Conference and the annual team meetings in Germany next week. Please pray for safe travels and that both events will be uplifting and helpful for all involved.