“Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.” – Hebrews 10:35
Taken as a simple out-of-context, inspirational quote (like Philippians 4:13 often is), this verse would still mean a lot to people from all walks of life. But the “confidence” of Hebrews 10:35 does not go hand-in-hand with contemporary notions of self-image or self-esteem–it has nothing to do with being comfortable in our own skin–because this confidence has nothing to do with us. This is the confidence of Hebrews 10:18-19 that God has considered the offering of Jesus Christ as acceptable so that our sins are forgiven and the pathway to God (through Christ) is open. We may now enter the holy place through the veil (the body of Jesus) as we are covered by the blood of the sacrifice (the blood of Jesus), and so we can “draw near” (v.22) and “hold fast” (v.23) and not “shrink away” (v.39). We may live confidently–with all our confidence firmly set on Him–because God has promised with an oath (6:17); it is impossible for God to lie (6:18); Jesus our immortal High Priest continues His ministry forever (7:24); He continually intercedes for us (7:25); and He has offered the once-for-all sacrifice to God, now being seated at the right hand of the Father (10:12). All of our confidence rests in Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever (13:8). He is sufficient, He is steadfast, and so we can be sure.
How about this: Let’s not throw away our confidence today, whatever may come.