“Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls” (Heb. 10:35-39).
Have you ever had the chance to stand up for Christ in a public way, or have you had the opportunity to share your faith with a person, but you felt like you could not do it, so you just kept quiet? I know that I have. What’s really interesting is that we don’t have to live that way. Christ has given you and me confidence.
I remember when I was in Branson, Mo. several years back. I had been asked to speak to roughly 1,000 men about not being ashamed of their faith and Christian walk.
While we were there, we stopped at a shopping mall, and I got the chance to talk to a guy. I asked him about everything in his life – wife, kids, job, hobbies. Guess who I did not mention whatsoever? JESUS CHRIST! I did not even ask where he went to church.
This truly has haunted me as I have continued my journey in life. Why did I not ask him the most important questions? Why was I more interested in his favorite sports teams, rather than if he knew Jesus! I wish I had a time machine to go get my confidence back.
Sadly so many of us throw that confidence away because we are worried about what others will think about us! How sad, right?
When we are bold in our faith, we have a reward that is promised to us. God looks upon us and is pleased with us. The GOD of everything is PLEASED with us when we are faithful to HIM and His cause! Not only that, but when we are bold for Christ in our daily lives we make an impact on other people! We are helping gather. We are the hands and feet of Christ in this world.
You don’t have to be afraid.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Josh. 1:9).
Today, rest in KNOWING who Jesus is and that He has your day. You don’t have to be worried. Be bold. Be courageous in your walk. Walk in confidence. Jesus has the answer! Rest in HIM today!