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In Verse 15 we were, and are, called to live in peace. In context,within our marriages, but also with everyone else. In Romans 12 we are commanded: vs. 17-21
The biblical definition of peace is far more than the absence of conflict. It is, “the notion of totality or completeness, success, fulfillment, wholeness, harmony, security and wellbeing.” Paul closes his 2nd letter to the Thessalonians with these words, “May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with all of you” (3:16). God alone is the source of peace, for he is “Yahweh Shalom” (Judges 6:24). The Lord our God came into this world to save sinful humans. Desiring to have a relationship with His creation, He laid the sin of mankind on His Son, Jesus Christ. We are told in Romans 5 that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are called to that peace, called into relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It is in that peace that we find contentment and purpose. Either you are at peace with God, serving Him, or you are in rebellion… We can not be like Adam and Eve and sacrifice our relationship, calling, and the peace of God to go our own way in disobedience choosing the word of the enemy over God’s word to them. Can you be at peace with God and at the same time be in rebellion to His Word? Jesus said that if you love Him you will do as He commands and yet many who attend a church service are walking in disobedience, not understanding their discontentment with life.
Where you are now, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, married or unmarred, Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female, should not in any way affect your contentment or your relationship and service to our Lord and savior. All are called, but not all answer, all are called but not all choose to follow, all are invited, but not all accept that invitation.
Matthew 22. This parable is an analogy of what we have been invited to; an invitation to something more than a life lived serving only ourselves, an invitation to live a life together with Christ as His Church, serving God and experiencing the fulfillment that Serving God brings to life. This is the calling of God: to be not only a disciple, but to walk with God while you are here on this earth as a Christian, a Christ follower. You have the right to accept the invitation because of the Cross… Are you answering God’s call on your life?
As you walk with your Lord and Savior, following His instructions, you become more like Him.
If you follow someone you will end up where they are… think sheep and goats. We cannot condone sin, close our eyes to what is going on around us, and expect God to bless our choices outside of His will and word. So How do we follow Christ?
Vs. 19 – What matters is keeping God’s commands: obedience. The Holy Spirit tells us in Romans that it is not hearers of the Law who are righteous before God , but the doers of the Law will be justified.
Vs. 20 – Let each of you remain in the situation in which he was called. We do not choose our race or sex or culture or skin color or our national origin. Those things come to us by virtue of our physical birth. They are part of who we are, whether we like it or not.
The message is, stay the way God made you and stay in the place God put you. Be a Christian where you are right now. Evidently some of the Corinthians, having been converted out of idolatry, abandoned every part of their old life in favor of something radically different. The same thing often happens today: “I’m saved so I can quit my job.” No! “I’m a Christian, I don’t have to finish college.” No! “I’m a Christian. I can move to a mountain and pray.” No! “I’m a Christian. I don’t have to obey the law anymore.” No! that is nothing but foolishness. Nothing proves the reality of your having received New Life in Christ more than staying where you are and showing the change by the way you live. Don’t cut and run. Stay where you are and live for Christ.
You are called to serve God where you are until God unmistakably calls you elsewhere. And while it is not wrong to better yourself with a better paying job or a different position, that may not mean a better situation for you. Seek God first. That’s the key to knowing God’s will.
If you are going to live for God, you can do it at Wal-Mart, or DiMaio’s, or DG, working for the post office, or driving truck. For that matter, you can live for God while driving a BMW or a ford while living in a mansion or a tent, you can do it living in the best neighborhood or worst. You can serve God single or married. It doesn’t matter if you’re a butcher, a baker, or a candlestick maker. If you and I are not going to live for God, then we can be disobedient where we are, as we are, no matter our income or our social standing, single or married. It doesn’t matter. The issue is God—not our circumstances. True joy, peace, and contentment is found in Remaining with God (vs. 24) in and through the circumstances of life. The secret to joy, peace and contentment is not hidden, it is an open secret, they are found in the Love of God.
Count your blessings! Focus more on what you have and less on what you don’t! God loves you and is at work in in every situation, whether we perceive it as good or bad. He causes all things to work for the good of those that love Him (Romans 8:28)! We can find joy in that fact and have peace knowing that He will get us through. In that moment you can choose to have faith in God, trusting in His Love or you can choose to go your own way; the choice is yours. So, in order to be content and have peace in your calling, you must have faith and believe in God.
It starts by being thankful for the gift of Salvation that is found in Jesus Christ! I believe that Proverbs 3:5 sums it all up, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart...” In trusting God you will find true and lasting contentment and peace…That Trust can only come in knowing the love of God.
- Are you keeping God’s Commands?
- Are you walking (remaining with) God?
- Do you completely trust God where you are now?
- General: John 10:10, Matthew 16:24-27, Matthew 22:1-14, Matthew 25:31-46, Romans 12 (25-29), Romans 8:3-11, Galatians 3:26-29, Galatians 5:6, Galatians 6:15, Colossians 3 (11)
- Calling: 1 Corinthians 1:9, Romans 8:3-29, Ephesians 4:1-6, 2 Timothy 1:9
- Contentment: Philippians 4:11-13, 1 Timothy 6:6-11, Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 6:25-34
- Obedience: Deuteronomy 6:25, Deuteronomy 28:1-2, Matthew 7:21-24, Romans 8:28-29 with John 14:15, James 2:19-25