Hebrews 10:19-22 “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with out hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
How does the gospel help me today?
That is the question that we have to ask ourselves every day. So often I find myself struggling with confidence. Some people are rocks, constantly moving forward towards their objective. Not me. I struggle with confidence every day, and especially when I am exhausted. I lack confidence in my abilities, in my relationships, in my purpose, and in my circumstances.
There are generally two ways that people deal with their lack of confidence: they sulk or they become prideful. Both the person who sulks and the person who is proud have a basic insecurity and lack of confidence, but they try to cope with that insecurity in two opposite ways.
The only thing that can help me when I lack confidence is remembering my security in Jesus Christ.
Often, Biblical authors start with the reasons why you should do something, and then they tell us to it. The same is true of this passage. We are told to “draw near with a true heart with full assurance of faith, with out hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
The first step is to draw near to God. In James 4:8, we are promised that if we draw near to God, he will draw near to us. Insecurity and a lack of confidence have a way of pushing us far from God, but God invites us to draw near to him. How? We are not able to draw near to God through our abilities or goodness with confidence, because my abilities are imperfect and my goodness is flawed. We can only come close to God with confidence through Jesus Christ.
Full assurance in Christ’s righteousness does not just happen. We must struggle to rest. We have to remind ourselves of the gospel truth that we are fully accepted by God through Christ, that God loves us absolutely, and that our relationship with him will never change.
Secondly, we are told to be cleansed. How can we draw near to God without confessing our sin? We cannot hug our sin and God at the same time. It is one or the other. Drop your sin and turn from it. Confess your filthy heart and actions to God, and he will forgive you (1 John 1:9).
Why should we confess our sins and draw near to God? Because God has opened a way for us to have confidence before him. “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God.”
We can come close to the Heavenly Father who loves us through the blood of the Jesus Christ. This is not an old, dead way to try to have confidence, like trusting in my abilities or goodness. This is a new and living way, through a perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus not only is our sacrifice, but he is a priest who perfectly understands our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:14-16) and can minister to them through his salvation.
When I struggle with insecurities and a lack of confidence, I must battle to remind myself of the confidence I have to draw near to my Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. As I come to him, I can rest with full assurance that I am completely loved and accepted because Christ has earned my position near God through his sacrifice on the cross.
Join the battle to rest fully assured of your position near God, not because of your abilities or goodness, but because of Christ’s great salvation for you.