Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
I often seek peace on a superficial level. When my family is doing well, I have a peaceful day. When my bills are current and within 30 days, I have a peaceful day. When I feel good, I feel peaceful.
But there is a deeper shalom that is much more real. Because of Jesus, I have peace with God. Where there was once enmity and distance, I am drawn close and made whole. Shalom is so much more than just an absence of conflict. It is wholeness and perfection.
Because I am God’s possession, what is perfect?
- I am perfect. Once scarred by sin, both inherited and what I committed personally, I am now perfect because Jesus has gifted me with His perfection. It’s nothing I can be proud of. It was a gift in order to give me access to His Father. He and I are at peace because there is NO offense on my part that keeps us apart.
- My future is perfect. How many will read horoscopes today to try to get a feel for their future? I know mine. No matter what happens to me, God takes me safely to His home forever. No catastrophic event can alter it. No one’s last will and testament can diminish it or steal it. I am at perfect peace about my future.
- My identity is perfect. I don’t have to obsess any more about who likes me and who doesn’t. I am freed from having to please someone in order to be at peace. I am in Christ and He is in me. We are one. Royalty has been conferred upon me and His favor warms my shoulders. I am at peace with who I am.
- My gifting is perfect. I no longer have to compare myself to someone else to measure if they are better at something than I am. My gifts are made complete by the breath of the Spirit of God. When I use them, prayerfully and humbly, with the purpose of making God look great, God magnifies them and little becomes much. Effectiveness and spiritual prosperity are guaranteed.
In closing, I can do so much more than wish each of you a peaceful day. That would give you visions of circumstantial calm. Instead, I will wish you shalom. I inspire you to be in touch with the perfection that is yours because of Whose you are!
When things here fall apart, I go into the depth of my soul to remember where perfection lies. Let me hear heaven’s birds sing above the drone of chaos and confusion. In Jesus’ name, Amen