His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.

2 Peter 1: 3

 

Christ is a giver of gifts. He is a very generous one, too. The presents that He hands out to His followers are the most valuable of all things that are found in the universe. They are the gifts that come from God, the Father, and they are given to us without reservation, reserve, or condition beyond our commitment to love and to follow Christ. These are the gift of life, and its companion, the gift of living life in a righteous and a meaningful manner.

 

The life that God gives to His people comes through Christ, and it is only possible because of His power. In Christ we live in the presence of God, and we become citizens of His kingdom. This earthly and spiritual domain is our new home. It is a place where God’s rule of law is supreme and in which His Word is the standard for all aspects of life. God’s law is above and beyond that of man in that it is just, merciful, fair, and certain. God rules His kingdom from the perspective of love and with the goal of restoration of relationship as His primary objective. The Kingdom of God is a holy nation of peace.

 

However, peace is not what is always apparent on its surface. This world does not readily accept Christ as its Lord and is also reluctant to enter into His salvation. So, the peace of God’s land is found mostly in the spirits of its citizens. It is expressed in our ability to live with certainty, confidence, and hope in times of struggle and grief. This peace of God is gained as we, His people, yield ourselves to Christ and empty ourselves of our own human strength so that His greater power can fill us to the top with the magnificent gifts that God desires to grant to us. The strange and wonderful quality that this life of submission and surrender gives to us is that it is a life that is filled with excellence and is covered with the glory of Christ.