Brett Shipley
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OF + FOR

Peace We Have

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Last summer I was in a season of not knowing. I was looking for work and not even sure what city or state I would be in in 6 months, then 1 month, then 2 weeks and time ticked. I was playing horse shoes with my friend Zach and I made the joke "I don't know where I will be in 1 month or how I will afford to be there, but I do know where I will be for eternity and that it is already paid for me!" He added on a #UnemployeedChristianGraduate. 

This thought stuck with me, after all there is truth in every joke, right? 

But think about it, for me, I've been a Christian as long as I can remember. I've known this huge promise that whole time. But if I didn't have that God promised assurance of future perfection in His presence, that would be way stressful! But instead we have this peace and hope in us that was fulfilled in Jesus' life. 

A mentor told me about a year ago, "Everyone is working toward filling this need for peace, looking for what only Christ can give."

That opened my eyes, all this striving for success, security, experience, possessions, and status is just us continually reaching for peace. Peace we can't ever truly reach as humans alone. Peace that as Christians we already possess.

I have been planning on writing this since September, but really feel able to write it right now. Our hope must be built on Christ alone. All good does not compare to what He alone has given and done for us. Our identity and name is in that hope and peace He offers and reminds us about

I'll end with this last thought, if you truly listen to most music that is about our human perspective in relation to God, it is about us realizing we need to be on a solid foundation in Christ. And I think that is because we so often forget the beauty we already have and that we need to be reminded constantly. Check out "My Soul Will Rest" by Matthew Zigenis and "I'm Gonna Rest in Jesus" by Wesley Randolph Eader. There are so many more, but these two stuck out to me when writing this. 

(And there's a full book of verses I could leave with, but here is just one passage.)

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." Romans 5:1-5

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