Are you a confident Christian? The book of James talks about believers who lack confidence, “…if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind” (James 1:5-6). Sometimes our doubts rob us of the confidence we would like to have. Lack of faith leaves you restless and unstable.
The story is told of Jim who worked at a radio station all his life. He was a well-known and famous radio show host. All of his friends and colleges knew him by one feature: if he’s on-air, he is always wearing a suit and a tie.
One day Jim was invited to appear on the TV. There was going to be a show totally dedicated to the oldest radio employees. For the first time the people, who only knew him by his voice, would see him. Before the recording of the show, the director came to Jim and asked: “Usually you arrive on time, but today you are 10 minutes late. It’s not horrible, but I’m still interested, why?”
“You see,” Jim answered, “at the last moment when I was already dressed up, I noticed that I was not wearing new socks. For the first time I was invited to the television, and I thought that simply wearing clean socks is not enough. It needs to be in new socks. So I needed to go to the store for socks.”
“But why do you need new socks?” The director was surprised. “You could have come without the socks, because we will be filming you only in close-up, over the waist.”
“You see, to be spotless on-air, I need to feel myself spotless in everything, starting with the shirt and finishing with the pen in my pocket. And if my socks have holes in them, or my shoes are dirty, I’m not spotless anymore.”
This is why the apostle John said in his letter, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9). Don’t let sin rob you of being confident today. Do not allow sin to stand in the ways of your worship and confidence in the Lord. Confess your sins. Let the Lord forgive you. Then you will have confidence to worship God in the fullness of His joy.