“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!” Luke 2:14
The above Scripture verse is taken from a text that tells us all about the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus was born so that we could have a second birth. God made a way for sin to be overcome so that we could be reconciled to Him. And it is only through this reconciliation to God, by the works of Jesus Christ, that we will ever understand complete and total peace.
Our sanctification is God’s relational peace process being worked out in and through us. To “sanctify” something is to set it apart for special use; to “sanctify” a person is to make him holy. Sanctification is God’s will for us (1 Thessalonians 4:3) and we are being sanctified by the truth which is God’s Bible (John 17:17).
But not everyone is at peace with God and not everyone is being sanctified by God.
There are only a fraction of people throughout the history of humanity who have found His favor and with whom He is pleased. Not because God thinks some men are better than others (Romans 3:23). Not because God plays favorites (1 Timothy 2:3-6); but because of our stubborn selfish hearts (Romans 1:18-23, Hebrews 6:4-8).
So how do we begin to please God and find peace with Him?
It starts with God and His grace and the gift of faith – Ephesians 2:1-10
Then comes the exercising of that faith – Hebrews 11:1-7
By making and pursuing relationship with God our highest priority – John 15:1-16
So that God may be glorified and exalted – John 17
And all of this is only possible because of the greatest gift the world has ever known – Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” John 3:16-18
Questions to ponder:
- Are you able to find peace throughout your daily struggles? If not, ask God why you are struggling.
- God wants to help you and give you instruction today. Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 to understand how He does this. Are you making time to hear from God today?
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© 2016 Michael Martin