Reposted from Learning to be Full of Grace and Truth
People who are living in God’s grace have great confidence in their relationship with God because they know their standing before God is based totally on grace and not for what we do or how successful we are or are not. Not only does God’s grace secure our position before God, it also secures God’s position with us because we are loved for who we are in Christ. And because of the unmatched power of God we can be sure that our confidence will not ever disappoint.
How does this confidence show itself? Let me share with you four ways this God-grounded confidence shows itself in the Christian life.
First, it allows us to relax and be ourselves. We can be honest and transparent about ourselves because we know that our confidence is in the power of God’s grace and not in anything in ourselves. We don’t need to wear masks or hide who we are or pretend we are better than we are, because in God’s grace we are completely accepted and loved by God.
Godly humility, far from contradicting this confidence walks hand in hand with it. In fact, if you do not have the humble spirit we talked about last week that recognizes who you are in light of who God is, you will find it hard to have this confidence! It is a confidence that is totally grounded in the undeserved, unearned, forgiving grace of God!
Second it allows us to focus on God’s work. Because we do not need to worry about succeeding or failing or whether or not we have what it takes to get God’s work done, we can focus all our energy on doing what God wants us to do right now. We are servants who do what we are told, God Almighty is responsible for accomplishing the work.
Third, it encourages us to accept feedback without getting caught up in pleasing people. We aren’t living to please the crowd. We are living to please God. He is our Audience. As Ken Blanchard says, He is our “audience of One.” When we know that, we can listen to feedback without getting caught up in needing to justify ourselves to others.
And fourth, it encourages us to be hopeful and positive, knowing that God is going to accomplish all He wants done through us and in us. This doesn’t mean that Christians are supposed to be a bunch of Pollyannas who are always happy and don’t have a care in the world. But the person who is living in and living out of God’s grace—even in the darkest time—can say with David, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for You are with me (Psalm 23:4). The confidence of grace reminds us that the hope we have in Christ cannot be taken from us. It reminds us that, to live is Christ but to die is gain (Philippians 1:21). Or as my friend Charlie Jones used to say, “All news is good news in Christ.”
I want to leave you with one question: Where is your confidence? Is it in people, or your talents, or your money, or your success? If that is where it is, you are not living in or living out God’s grace.
There is only one place to stand where unshakable confidence is found. And that is when your life is planted along the riverbank of God’s grace, with your roots reaching deep into the life-giving water of the Spirit of God.
God’s loving grace grows a confidence in our relationship with God and in His relationship with us. This confidence is buttressed by the fact that the grace God gives is also a sovereign grace and cannot be overcome by any force in heaven, on earth, or under the earth.
This confidence shows itself by allowing us to relax and to be transparent with others because we know our identity and worth are founded on and secure in Christ. Because of that, it allows us to focus on what God wants us to do today, right now, instead of worrying about the approval of others. And it allows us to always have hope regardless of our present circumstances because we know that God always wins. Again as Charlie Jones encouraged me one time, “Dan, you can run the race with joy, because the race is fixed!”