“That I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you. Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.” – Romans 15:32,33
I think if you were to ask the average person what their utopia would look like, they would begin with a change in their circumstances or a place where everyone is in perfect harmony. If we are dependent on other people’s actions to determine our “peace of mind” we put ourselves in a vulnerable position.
In a way, we find peace and joy when we fulfill the role of a believer in Christ. The Apostle Paul starts off Romans 15 with a picture of the body of Christ uniting by edifying, “We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.” He’s telling us the road to contentment is not looking out for our own interests, but in being others-centered, seeing someone else’s needs and building them up.
I do believe that we must first be in a place where we are able to help. It may be that you or I need to be on the receiving end of the blessing, not to serve ourselves, but to become a part of the body in an effective way. When our motives are to “be better to make better,” then we can experience that peace of mind and comfort knowing we are a part of a healthy body.
This aspect of our walk can be an important part of the welfare of our inner man. The part that experiences the peace of God and fills our heart with joy. It’s not until we are convinced that God is able to preserve us and sustain our well-being that we then in turn edify one another.
Paul wraps up this powerful letter to the Romans after building a symbolic road that runs thru the issue with sin, the way to salvation, our sanctification process along with struggles, security, service and sacrifice. It’s a perfect set up to a maintenance of the church by keeping ourselves Christ-centered and others-centered in order to be salt and light to a lost world.
I believe before we can reach a world in need of such a great salvation, the church needs to do some housekeeping of its own. We are too quick to draw people into our fellowships that are not yet healthy. Maybe first get our house in order so we are well equipped to deliver a message without hypocrisy.
So, my prayer for you today is to experience that “Peace of mind” that only comes from a right relationship with Jesus. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “A born-again person ought to possess unspeakable peace in the spirit.” – Watchman Nee
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25