Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
2 Corinthians 3:1-6
Life is full of things give and take confidence from men.
This past week I reminded that confidence is fleeting. It can be placed in many things from an ability to a resource, but the truth is we have no secure confidence in anything insufficient. I took some time away recently and reflected on the past few months. I could recall many highs and lows in all areas from personal effectiveness to family life. I cannot put confidence in myself because I am simply not enough. What man is sufficient?
Paul is an excellent example of how a man should think about confidence. Men are not enough in and of ourselves but are more than sufficient through Christ. The very success Paul had in his ministry was driven by the very Spirit of the Living God. Great things happened through the man Paul, but it was through the Spirit that he had confidence because of the evidence of God in his work. Look for where God has worked in and through you, be confident in what God has done.