2 Timothy 1:12 (ESV)
“…for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.
What are you convinced about?
For a brief stint, I used to be a telemarketer for a non-profit ministry that provided the Bible on cassette for churches. I was CONVINCED that what I was offering my prospective clients, i.e. the pastors of those churches was vital to their personal mission to get more people in God’s Word daily.
If I wasn’t CONVINCED then I wouldn’t be able to convince others. This is the failure of many people working in sales. They don’t believe in the service or product they are promoting. Going through life convinced about certain things is essential to success.
An athlete has to be convinced that his/her talent and work ethic will pay off.
A student in graduate work has to be convinced that his/her hard work and sacrifice will pay great dividends in the future. In business, the leader must face the challenges head-on, believing he is equal to the task.
As you read this email, you must be convinced in your own ability and that you’ve got what it takes to become the best at what you do. I remember when UPS was interviewing me for a position, the first question interviewer ask me, “So, how’s the world treating you?” I responded by saying, “Sir, I’m treating IT pretty good.” He smiled and said, “I see. It’s not how it’s treating you, but how are you treating it. I like that attitude.” I was hired.
Now, there is a huge difference between being conceited and being convinced. Arrogance is when you think you know what you don’t know, which feeds your ego and sets you on a path to prove you are right; this always ends in disaster. Certainty, on the other hand, is when you know that you know and you know that you don’t know. This attitude strikes a balance between confidence and humility. Be certain, be convinced and be persuaded “…that God is able to do what he has promised” (Rom. 4:21).
The greatest joy in life is to be convinced of God’s love for you.
Just a thought,
I personally invite you to our weekend services at Trinity: Saturday’s 5pm or Sunday’s 8:30 (traditional), 10:00, or 11:30.