For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Colossians 1:19-20 (NIV)
We have progressed far on our Path to Perfect Peace in hopes of embracing and extending the Shalom that God went to extreme measures for all of us to experience. One thing is certain: the epicenter of our Shalom is Jesus, and to experience true Shalom, we much embrace all of who Jesus is. We must enjoy Christ’s fullness.
It is an amazing thought to realize that God allowed all of His fullness to dwell in Jesus. It is even “amazinger” to think that this pleased God. Why did God do this? To make peace. Peace between God and us, peace within each of us, and peace with each other. These are the three critical components of Perfect Peace. We cannot limit ourselves to just one or two of these forms of peace and call it “Perfect”. No, “Perfect Peace” requires all three, and the only one who can make such peace is Jesus.
So, let us walk closely with Jesus so that we can experience such Perfect Peace. Let us repeat those words “not my will” to our Common Heavenly Father and free ourselves to embrace a much greater vision for our lives. Let us fix our thoughts on Jesus, as the writer of Hebrews encourages us, and have true peace within. Let us stick with the Hebrews writer and fix our eyes on Jesus so that we can adopt the radical lifestyle to which we have been called and be lovers of mercy while we act justly.
Jesus – what a Peacemaker You truly are! We say we love You. Help us to enjoy your fullness so that we can experience and extend such Perfect Peace.
This is the first in the “Enjoy Christ’s Fullness” series of blog posts. Future week’s posts will come from our PEER family members in Zambia, Australia, and South Sudan.