As I walked into the classroom to take my final college exam, I remembered a quote I had memorized earlier, “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Knowing that I had been diligent to study throughout the semester, I felt confident that I was prepared. Interestingly, those who had stayed up all night cramming for the exam were exhausted and lacked the confidence that I enjoyed.
As Christ followers, we are instructed to walk in confidence in Christ. The writer of Hebrews instructs us to “approach the throne of grace with boldness” (Hebrews 4:16), and “don’t throw away your confidence, which has a great reward” (Hebrews 10:35).
So, how do we gain confidence in Christ?
1. Fully trust God to supply your needs. When you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you received everything you need for salvation and service.
We have this kind of confidence toward God through Christ. — 2 Corinthians 3:4
Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope? — Job 4:6 (ESV)
2. Ask for confidence through prayer.
Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for. — I John 5:14-15
3. Obey God.
So that they might put their confidence in God and not forget God’s works, but keep His commands. Then they would not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not loyal and whose spirit was not faithful to God. — Psalm 78:7-8
For this is our confidence: The testimony of our conscience is that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, with God-given sincerity and purity, not by fleshly wisdom but by God’s grace. — 2 Corinthians 1:12
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. — 1 John 1:9
4. Spend time with confident Christ followers.
When they observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and recognized that they had been with Jesus. — Acts 4:13
Becoming confident Christ follower really is about small efforts repeated day in and day out: taking baby steps of faith, believing that God hears and answers our prayers, living holy lives, confessing sin when we mess up, developing spiritual habits, and spending time with people who spend time with Jesus.