“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” -Hebrews 4:16
I played baseball in high school and our team was pretty good. My freshman year we had a group of seniors that were not only talented, but great leaders. One teammate in particular, Steve, took the time to invest in me. He helped me in the pre-season workouts and helping me to get into shape and he gave me advice during the season.
The best advice I remember getting from him was about having confidence at the plate. Steve was an All-State athlete who went on to play college baseball and when he went to the plate he displayed confidence. He taught me that when I stepped up to the plate that 95% of the at-bat was decided by who had more confidence. I watched him approach the plate during his final season and took notes. Every time he stepped into the batters box it was as if he knew before a pitch was even thrown that he was going to get a hit. A couple of years later I found myself batting over .400 for the season and that I had developed a swagger as I approached the plate. Every time I approached the plate I had confidence that I was going to get a hit or at least get on base.
Hebrews 4:16 calls us to have a swagger as we approach the throne. A swagger that we’re loved by the only person that matters. A swagger that we don’t doubt this love or ask for a sign that it is real. A swagger that others can see and desire to have. We approach this throne asking for grace and mercy and can believe that we will be shown it because God is consistent. We develop a swagger and confidence when consistency is modeled before us. Do you approach God with a swagger or a limp?