Fred Hill – Given: Joy
John 14:27 “I am leaving you a GIFT – PEACE of mind and heart.”
We had a bit of chaotic week in our home this past week. Between Christmas preparations, birthday celebrations and unplanned visits to doctors and the hospital it would have been pretty easy to get off balance. To get frustrated, or scared, or distracted, or disappointed, or, or, or.
But there is one thing that I know for sure … God left us a gift of peace.
It seemed pretty odd then and it seems pretty odd now that God chose to leave our gift in a lowly manger surrounded by … well … nothing. God’s gift of Jesus Christ – came so that we might have peace. There would have been very little peace in the hustle and bustle of a castle, or a temple, or a marketplace. But in a quiet stable there was rest. There was an opportunity for simplicity. There was the very beginning of the gift of peace.
And … when visitors came they probably didn’t have to bother taking their shoes off either. Come into his presence. Just the way you are.
That’s the kind of peace our God offers. Its complete, its steadfast, and its in complete harmony with Him and its available right where you are. Its not in some far off place, its not in some future time of your life. Its always right now and right where you are. Linger for a moment with God and accept the gift He is offering.
There is a path to peace – that path of course is Jesus Christ. To find the path we have to follow Him all the way from that quiet manger to the chaos of the crucifixion –the gift of peace was purchased at the cross by the same child that began his life back in that manger. What a life – from crib to cross, from start to “It is finished”.
Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith We Have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ Has Done for us.”
Have a peaceful week. And en’Joy’ the homework this week – read Phillipians 4. Focus on verses 6-10. I am looking forward to hearing how those verses impacted your life this week.
Fred Hill – Given: Peace
Cam Liske – Given: Hope