Confidence is an interesting thing. We need to have confidence in ourselves and in our institutions. Governments, especially minority governments, need to have the confidence of the house. When people lose confidence in banks, bad things happen and “confidence men [sic]” might trick us out of our money.
So is confidence good or bad? Well, it all comes down to what you put your confidence in. When you put your confidence in something worthy of it, it’s a good thing. When you put your confidence in something that can’t stand up to what is needed, it’s a bad thing.
Paul, in Philippians, talks about all the things he had in which he could be confident and they make up an impressive list. What is interesting is how he describes them as worthless, even less than worthless, in comparison to what he gained in knowing Christ.
This Sunday’s sermon has, believe it or not, me comparing myself to Paul (I can hear the snickers from here) and how I was confident in an impressive list of things, two lists in fact, that turned out to be useless in what really mattered. Give the sermon a listen and let me know if you think I got it right.