Short Meditations on Peace 8. Peace in Being & Doing
1 Cor 7:15 the God of peace will be with you
We concluded the previous meditation suggesting that in God’s presence there is total peace AND also it will be there if we will face the issues of our lives that rob us of our peace. We need to start looking at those issues. The first to be considered is our identity.
Very often we lack peace because we do not know who we are. Unless we truly know who we are, our peace will be undermined by doubts or worries about our status before God, often with a feeling of need to prove ourselves to God. This means we are constantly worrying about whether are getting God’s approval. Worry is the enemy of peace.
So how do we overcome these worries and anxieties so that peace may rule again? We need to turn to the Bible and believe what we read. John in his Gospel speaks of God giving to those who believe in Jesus the right to be called “children of God” (Jn 1:12) and then in his first letter declares how great it is that we should be called sons of God, “and that is what we are.” (1 Jn 3:1,2)
We ARE God’s children and we have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, his work on the Cross, and therefore there is nothing we can add to make us more His children. We just are. Now we have to enjoy being His children and not worry about it. Be at peace in being a child of God.
But then there is another aspect of this and it is about what we do as Christians, not about not sinning – for I assume you are not consciously and purposefully sinning – but what we do generally in life.
I find Christians who worry (and thus lack peace) because they are not sure what they are doing in life is what God wants.
There are several ways of dealing with this. First there is the school that says unless your job actively involves sin, any job is OK for you, any occupation for you. I’m not sure of that. Some of us are artists at heart and others are accountants. Some of us are highly creative and others less so. Some of us are comfortable with facts and figures, mathematicians or scientists, and others who are either utterly bored by them or struggle with them.
Knowing yourself is a good starting place. There is a verse that always comes to mind for this situation: “We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph 2:10) Now depending where your faith level is you can take this to mean your activities in life in general, your serving in the church, or a specific calling to do something special with your life. How do you know? Seek Him, pray, wait on Him, listen and watch and when it comes – peace!