Through Jesus - Peace With God

Monday, July 13, 2020

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

This is part 2 in a 5 part series.

Colossians 3:17 has a broad scope - whatever you do. There is no part of our life not encompassed in that phrase. The way you drive, the way you interact with people, how you manage your money and assets. The broad scope is followed by a big ask, to live your life in the name of Jesus. Essentially, that means we are his representatives. We are supposed to do live just how Jesus would, or in a way that he would approve of. It then goes one step further and requires a big attitude - thankfulness. So everything we do is supposed to be as Jesus would, and we are to be thankful through it.

Thankfully the verse doesn't end there, with a big scope, big ask with a big attitude. It closes off with "through him". We are not left to flounder on our own, trying to do all this in our own ability. We are to do this through Jesus.

Over this series, I want to explore what Jesus has done that allows us to live this life through him.

This week, let's consider that through Jesus, we have peace with God

Romans 4:25-5:2 - He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

Peace with God is an amazing gift . We have peace because of forgiveness and justification. The sacrifice of Jesus has paid my debt, the debt that I could never pay. 

Peace with God is also a means of guidance. When you have the peace of God, you are confident that you are in his will. If you lose that peace then you may have stepped out. The peace of God has been my guide on many decisions.

So what is the peace of God? Do you remember the moment when you put your faith in God and you asked for your sins to be forgiven. Most people do. There was a feeling in that moment that is peace with God. You can't necessarily describe it, but you will always remember it.

How does the peace of God help with decisions? If you are unsure about which way to go, take a step towards one of the options, if you lose the peace, then take a step back to where you had it, and select a different option.

Let me give you an example from my life. I have a reasonable level of intelligence and so as my time at high school was coming to an end, my plan was to go to university, studying science and business. I felt a call to youth ministry but figured I could serve on campus or at the church that I attended while studying. Without much thought I took a step towards university by applying for a halls of residence at my preferred place and had to put a character reference, which I put as my pastor. My pastor, for as long as I could remember, had encouraged the youth to get an education. The Halls of Residence obviously reached out to him for a reference. Not long after, we were travelling together and a conversation ensued where he asked me why I was going to university. This man that I trusted and who had encouraged us all to go to university if we could, was now questioning an academically gifted student about their choice to go to university. The question rattled me and stirred something in me. I took a step back from the university option and began to explore Bible College. As I moved towards Bible College, I regained the peace. The final decision was mine and I was equally open to university as I was to Bible college, but God led me there by disrupting my peace.

Thank you Jesus, that we have peace with God. We have peace that allows for relationship that we couldn't before. We have peace that can help lead and guide us.


Read previous posts in this series:

Part 1 - Through Jesus - New Creation and Identity

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