This post is not about the movie by the same name (although it’s one of my favorites, and I highly recommend it) but rather as a reminder that the Lord has given us an incredible gift. We simply have to receive it and use it:
Jesus clearly says in this passage from John 14 that His peace is something that He has left for us and has given to us.
That is, He wants us to use it – every day.
When someone leaves you something (think: inheritance), the intention is for you to use it. Moreover, when someone gives you a gift, the hope is that you will find it helpful and practical for your everyday life.
For instance, a couple of months ago, my mother got me a fitness tracker. It was not anything that I ever intended to purchase for myself, and I was hesitant to use it at first. But now that I use it every day, I see the real value in having it! I’m able to track my sleep, and also keep an eye on my physical activity for the day. I certainly received her gift at one point in time, but it wasn’t until I started using it that I recognized the positive impact that her gift was having on my life.
What is good for a fitness tracker is good for our spiritual lives, too (although playing hold of biblical peace it isn’t easy. Our world entices us with so many deceptive distractions!).
Far too often do I receive the peace that Jesus offers, but then I fail to activate it by actually taking it out for a test drive. Instead, I find myself fretting and worrying, while the peace that Jesus talks about sits on the coffee table like a woefully-underutilized fitness tracker.
So today, I’m thankful that this peace is not only available to me, but that it is meant to be used on a day-to-day, moment-by-moment basis. From this day forward, every time I strap on my fitness tracker, I’m going to think about this verse as well, and remember to take the peace of Christ with me wherever I go.
I have to also keep an eye out for the false peace that the world offers. Perfect job? Perfect marriage? Lots of money? Perfect home? None of these things brings true peace. Accordingly, let’s remember what Jesus says: “Not as the world gives, do I give to you.”
So while I’m challenged to lay hold of the peace of Christ each day, I also have to let go of the false peace that the world offers, too. Note that there’s nothing wrong with having a nice house, money, or a great marriage; however, without Jesus, none of these things is able to provide the peace and assurance that only come from the Lord.
Dear Lord, thank You for being my perfect peace. Remind me each day to lay hold of it and to use it! Help me to remember that Your peace is a powerful part of my spiritual armor – as described by Paul in Ephesians 6 – that helps me to withstand the attacks from the evil one.
Accordingly, please help me to remain focused on Your truth and to tune out the counterfeit peace that the world slyly offers to me each day. Thank You for this incredible gift! It’s up to me to use it now. In Your name I pray, Amen.