And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4: 7

 

Sometimes we just require the touch of the supernatural. In our everyday lives there are people, events, and circumstances that overcome all of our inner strength, knowledge, and capacity to endure. When these sorts of pressures are bearing down on me, I have a hard time functioning at the level that I am otherwise capable of doing. It just seems that the external stressors worm their way into my courage, confidence, and reasoning so that I become tense and tentative.

 

Still, there is an inner, deep-rooted peace that comes from our relationship with Christ that can take over in these times. This peace comes from our understanding of the truth of who God is and of what knowing Him and being known by Him actually means. The Lord completely understands all of our areas of vulnerability and weakness. He also gave us our skills and talents, and He specifically and personally imparted our giftedness to us. So, He also will open up these areas of His strength in us so that we can live well to the glory of Christ in all situations.

 

The main thing that gets in the way of living in the freedom of God’s peace is my own fear and the concern and worry that I allow to take control of my heart and mind. The primary thing that I can do to change this is to focus on Christ, seek His wisdom, and also turn the troubling aspects of my day over to God. This last thought is particularly true when the point of stress or contention is centered on a person. Then, when I seek the Lord’s intervention to turn the hard relationship into one that brings glory to Him, the Spirit of Christ does wondrous things in my heart, His grace prevails, and the peace that is found under the cross is given the opportunity to set me free.

 

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For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Romans 12: 4, 5

 

Unity, togetherness, and oneness are all qualities desired by humans. Yet, these are qualities of life that are hard to find. Perhaps this elusiveness is the result of the super human nature of the source of these qualities. In Christ, through the work of the Holy Spirit, anyone can be brought into one family. Through knowing Jesus, everyone has the right to join together as one in spirit. This is a form of unity that embraces our individuality, for uniqueness is considered to be an important aspect of the way that God, Himself, created each of us. In God’s view of our humanity, all of the gifts, talents, and skills that we possess are useful and vital. It doesn’t matter how we came to have them. They can be the result of long, hard work and study or they can be the most natural thing that we do in life. Regardless, the Lord will use the total package that we bring to life for His work and for His glory in this world.

 

The biggest obstacle that gets in the way of recognizing this truth is our own stubborn blindness to it. We tend to be too hard on others, and we are usually too hard on ourselves. Christ always sees the potential, and He always embraces the person and takes what each of us has at this time. Then, He uses whatever it is that we bring to the table and grows us into greater maturity in Him. As we mature in Christ we are better able to understand the gifts that God is giving to us. However, this understanding does not lead to the glorification of ourselves; rather, it points us to its source in Christ and to serving His kingdom.

 

Christ calls upon us to take what we have and stop spending so much time and energy on trying to sort it out or to find its perfect point of application. Then, we need to join in with others and put our skills, talents, and gifts to work. This is something that every one of us can engage; for, almost everyone is under utilizing the gifts that Christ has given to us. We also need to become less defensive and more open in the way that we view the abilities of others. In doing this we can embrace God’s viewpoint, which sees the potential, and not the obstacle. Unity, togetherness, and oneness are found through openness. Strength, protection, and accomplishment are found together in the body of Christ.