❝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
Reflection by Ricky Day
“I keep telling these people, we have to keep working this ministry hard every day. If we don’t, God will take it away from us.” I met a man this week who said this to me about a ministry that is obviously flourishing in his church. He spoke passionately and tearfully about the children that are getting to meet Christ every day through this ministry, yet he believed that if he and his church didn’t give everything they had to this ministry, every day, that God would take it away.
“I keep telling these people, we have to keep working this ministry hard every day. If we don’t, God will take it away from us.”I was glad to meet this man. I believe his church is serving Christ and growing the kingdom with every kind action and meal they serve to the children they meet. As I left the place where I met him and returned to work, I wondered if this man was at peace, specifically that peace from a life hidden in Christ which Paul talks about in his letter to the Colossians.
I often fall into the trap of thinking of peace as the absence of trouble or conflict, as if peace means the butterflies and fairies are floating blissfully around me in a serene Disney world. Paul and our Savior weren’t talking about Tinkerbell and her sister fairies.
I find solace in believing that true peace is being comfortable in a place “in the middle,” where there is home and stability in the tension between conflict and resolution. A life truly hidden in the peace of Christ means being smack dab in the middle between heaven and the chaos of my life, where I am meant to spend my time: living, being, ministering, fathering, husbanding, working on a church in the Dominican Republic, and most of all showing the world around me the love of Christ.
I pray that this man of God, who told me he had to work as hard as he could on his ministry lest God take it away, knows the peace that comes from that place between heaven and the chaos of the world where he is feeding, ministering, and most of all loving those children.
Lord Jesus, during this Advent time, may I be ever conscious of where my peace is found, and how I might share that peace with others.