And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.
Luke 10:5-6 (KJV)
As representatives of Christ we are being called to be representatives of His peace. And so it becomes all the more crucial for us to meditate daily on God’s Word and to take time every day to consciously abide in His presence, for it is in His presence and through His Word in our hearts that He fills us with His peace. Then as we move into our day, let us speak peace over our home, over our workplace, and over any other environments we may come into contact with. The more we practice this, the more will we find ourselves at peace independent of circumstances and conditions. And, in fact, God may now use us to bring peace into the affairs of day to day life.
Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
Psalm 143:12 (KJV)
This powerful verse reminds us that the only way we are able to walk in the will of God is by His grace. We must continuously look to the Lord so He may teach us to do His will. As we meditate on this, we are creating the space within us for the Holy Spirit to bear witness with our spirit, thereby leading us into the land of uprightness. And we enter into this land not by our own actions or efforts, but much rather through placing all our faith, trust and reliance upon the finished works of Jesus. The more we look to Jesus, realizing we are already upright in Him, the more will He teach us, day by day and moment by moment, to reflect who we are in Him into our world.
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV)
The more we meditate on the goodness of God, the more we come to realize that we can call on Him for everything. The more clearly we perceive God’s heart towards us, the more we understand that God’s dream and vision for our lives is beyond our own—He will show us great and mighty things which we have not known. As we are willing to simply trust the Lord, we may rest assured that He will lead us down the path He has uniquely intended for us, He will lead us into the life He has purposed for us to live. Here we will find opportunities to use our gifts and talents in a way that will serve the kingdom of God, and be a blessing to the people in our world.
Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
1 Chronicles 28:20 (KJV)
Anytime God calls us to do something that will require us to act in faith, we may rest assured that He will also provide the grace for us to do it. God’s desire for us is to continuously grow in our walk with Him, and to step more fully into all He is calling us to be. Yet let us never fall into the trap of relying upon our own finite strength and limited ability. Let us instead be aware of the fact that the Spirit of the Lord is with us, in us, and ready to work through us. So as the Scripture says, let us not fear nor be dismayed; and let us walk out boldly this journey of faith.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:1 (KJV)
The purpose behind everything that Jesus has done for us is to deliver us from the detrimental effects of condemnation. Condemnation, which has its roots in the human heart when removed from fellowship with God, will spill over into every area of our lives if left unchecked. Yet as we abide in the Word of God and walk after the Spirit, we will see condemnation fading from our lives to the degree that we have a revelation of God’s infinite love and mercy towards us. When we understand that God is not condemning us, but that He is calling us to receive more fully into our hearts the gift of His precious Son, we are transformed from the inside out. Our conscience becomes clear, and we are equipped to walk in the world as the messengers and instruments of the very love that has saved us.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.
2 Corinthians 5:16 (ESV)
Just as we regard Jesus not merely according to his human identity, but as the eternal Christ of God made flesh, so too are we being called to no longer regard ourselves, nor anyone else, from merely the worldly perspective. To regard someone according to the flesh means to judge them according to earthly standards, such as their actions, their history, or perhaps their social status. We are being called to not do this. Instead, we are to see ourselves and each other as who we are in Christ; and from this place of vision we are to go forth into the world, looking only for the highest and best in all those whom the Lord brings into our path. Let us pray, therefore, that we may have the eyes of Christ! Let us give abundantly out of the love, grace and mercy we have so richly received.