Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.
And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
As I read this passage this morning I realize that we are all called
to peace. Even those who wage war and do hideous evil things were born to be at peace with all of humanity. God is in the process of restoring His original purpose which was to be able to dwell in peace together with all His creation. When we want to
know what that looks like, we must go back to the Garden and see what was happening before the fall; God walking, and talking with Adam and Eve, providing their every need, even giving them authority over all creation.
Adam and Eve were created in the imagination of God to live in a state of sublime being. They were given every good and perfect gift to enjoy while they stayed in peaceful communion with Him.
There were no thoughts of anger or fear that there would not be enough, thus no thoughts of stealing or murdering to keep from experiencing lack. It was not until the serpent beguiled Eve into believing she might lack what she already possessed which
in fact was everything.
There are times when we experience these feelings of peace when we seem to have everything we need, our family is safe and our home is
secure, but imagine that Adam and Eve already had this security and were in close communion with God Himself.
Imagine sitting around the table on Thanksgiving
Day, enjoying the presence of family and friends. The feeling of peace permeates the room and we are secure and grateful but suddenly an enemy invades our home and threatens to take away that security. Suddenly our peace is gone and we are in fear,
believing that we may be killed for what we already possess. Eve already possessed what the serpent was tempting her with. In fact she already possessed power and authority over him also. They had authority over every beast and all of creation.
Now imagine an “instead” scenario; Eve is enjoying the beauty of her home and friends when she
is confronted with this temptation. Instead of fearing that there might be something she lacks, she is thanking God that there is abundance enough to meet their needs and anyone else God creates. (Common sense tells us that God would be an idiot
to create more people that His creation could supply.) Imagine Eve remembers that she has all authority and turns to the serpent and tells him she has more than enough and peacefully hands him what he seems to lack. Peace would prevail and fear would
not get a foothold.
This is the perfect world God wants to restore, where there will be no sadness, no death and no anxiety. As one people we are to be preparing
for this Kingdom to be restored. We are not to live in fear and hoard stuff from others causing lack and fear. In God’s Kingdom we will live in peace and gratitude eternally. All we really need to do is repent, and change the way we
think. Instead of a mindset of fear, we must pursue a mindset of love and peace.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be
in health, just as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2) A prosperous soul is a peaceful soul.