I have a confession to make; I have a pride problem. Coming up into high school I had some identity problems. There was quite a bit of insecurity in my life that led to me trying to find my place on my own. Well, pretty quickly I learned that the thing I was good at was being the “church kid”. Church started becoming more about my “identity” as the good church guy than it was about my relationship with Christ. I had developed such a pride in myself that I acted as if I didn’t need God. As you can imagine, that didn’t work out for me. After a few extensively humbling events, I began to see this pride that had evaded me for so long. I started to realize that I needed God!
As I began my journey away from this pride I found another struggle. I knew that God was calling me to humility. Christ clearly says in Luke 14:11, “he who humbles himself will be exalted.” But I also know that God calls us to be confident. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” So with the realization of these 2 truths, there is a new question raised. How can we be both?
I believe that we are called to “confident humility”. This is exactly what it sounds like. It is a perfect balance between confidence and humility. The real challenge is how to obtain this balance. The answer is found in a verse of scripture that you are all very familiar with. You guessed it; Philippians 4:13! Paul writes, in my opinion, some of the most life changing words in all of his letters when he says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”.
We must have the confidence in the fact that nothing is too great or too big for our God who lives in us, while at the same time having the humility that it is God who accomplishes great things through us. The key is finding the perfect spot right in the middle of the two.
So for all of you out there who are still a “work in progress” on this issue such as me, remember this: We must be confident in knowing that we can do ALL things, but humble in the fact that we can do nothing without Christ.
Submitted by: Zach Worsham