War & Peace
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." - Colossians 3:15 NIV Do you ever get tired of the constant turmoil of our culture? Whether it's identity politics, race relations, immigration or the redefinition of basic genetics, there's chaos all around. There seems to always be a war brewing just underneath the surface. Sadly this general lack of peace has found its way into the church by and large. I don't mean these issues per se but rather the lack of peace in general. Brother fighting against brother, a refusal to listen to one another, a lack of forgiveness and repentance and the list could go on and on. But this is the exact opposite of who we are to be as Christ followers. Paul says that we should let, that is allow, the peace of Jesus to rule our hearts. Instead, we often allow our hurts or agendas to rule us. Paul says we are members of one body and yet we often live is autonomous players in life; selfishly ignoring the needs of others. Lastly, Paul says we're called to peace and to thankfulness. And yet our churches are marked by a skepticism of peace and an ingratitude that's almost tangible. I want to challenge you today to be an agent of change inside the church. I know it sounds cliche but I want to challenge you to be a people ruled by the peace Christ brings, to stand united with your fellow Christians, recognizing this to be God's universal call. And lastly, I challenge you to be marked by a spirit of gratitude, of thankfulness. When a world in chaos sees God's church at peace, just like worried disciples watching Jesus rest through the storm, they too will come running! Questions to Consider: Do you allow the peace of Jesus to rule your heart, or is something else in charge? Do you view other Christians as a part of one body, your body? On a scale of 1 to 10 how does your life rank as being marked by thankfulness?