On this international day of peace, I would like you to consider what peace gives to life and why is so important to us?
To simply answer these two questions, I would say; peace is important because it gives us freedom, strength and hope to live. Peace keeps us grounded and assist to take one step at a time towards our goals and even our fears. To achieve this kind of movement I believe that it is important to know the source of where peace comes from. For me this source is Jesus Christ. Jesus claimed that He is the prince of peace. Knowing Jesus and intentionally being in relationship with Him connects me to the source of my peace. Take a moment and consider do you know your source of peace? Then consider are you connected to the source of your peace?
There is a difference knowing something and then being actually connected. You may have a phone but if the battery is dead you can’t use it and likewise if you don’t have electricity to charge your phone then what’s the point of having the one. Let me go a step further, if the electricity bill is not paid the chances are you will not have access to the electricity. Now imagine you had all the excess to electricity in the world, and all you have to do is make the connection; yet with doubt or fear of being electrocuted you didn’t plug in.
I have come to understand that what keeps us from making connections is doubt. Doubt steals our peace. These are some thoughts I would encourage you to consider
Today, because of my strong connection to my power/peace source, I am doing far more than I ever imagined. I declared that I can do all things through Jesus Christ who is my strength. I discovered peace gives freedom to dream, strength to keep living and hope to make a difference. Peace stirs passions and ignites purposeful living.
I would love to hear about where you source your peace from. I invite you to share how peace has made a difference in your life. I would also encourage you to disconnect from the doubts that are holding you back from living and connect to peace.
“We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10. This scripture has grabbed my attention for over a week now and I would l like to share my thoughts with you about it.
Firstly, do you believe you are a masterpiece of God? This is an important question because how we answer this question often is based on how we tend to live life. I believe that our perspective of ourselves is the measure we use towards thinking about or how we treat others. This very perspective is then applied towards our view or understanding of God and who He is. If, however we look at God first and understand that as the creator of the universe, He looked back after spending 5 days creating and declared it is good; then on the 6th day after creating man and woman, He looked back and declared it very good. He was pleased with His work. On this premise if you believe God doesn’t make junk then regardless of your perspective or how you see things only the original creator or maker of something/someone can truly appreciate their handy work.
Secondly, do you believe Jesus Christ has redeemed you? A masterpiece will get torn and tattered when it is not under the masters’ care. When we believe and accept the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through which the Master chooses to restore us; we can once again carry the banner of masterpiece because we have been made anew. When we are able to truly grasp the value/worth that has been placed on us by God; perhaps then we can truly appreciate being under the masters’ care, rather than trying to take things into our own hands or wanting the approval or valuing opinions of others.
Lastly, for what purpose are we made anew in and through Christ Jesus? That we can do good things that was originally planned for us at creation or in the beginning. Our maker is inviting us to His original plan that through realising we are His masterpieces we can as He did do good works/things. Yet, doing good is only truly possible when we have been restored from our past. The journey of restoration is ongoing as we require tender loving care from the One who knows us best.
We are a masterpiece because we have been created by the master; individually and uniquely. We will not find another like us, there will be many similarities between us as human beings but there will only ever be one of you and me. This is only because we have all been shaped by the One and a masterpiece is not a masterpiece if there are duplicates.
Once we are able to intentionally 'be' with the master, we are then equipped to intentionally 'do' the things that will fulfil our destiny, as we live our dreams, living life experiencing adventures with Him and those we journey with because WE are God's masterpieces.
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