We learned in our Bible Project Reading Plan that the original Hebrew translation for ‘peace’ means completeness, wholeness, and restoration. So as we savor that definition, desiring for that kind of peace in our lives, we choose hope as we look forward to Christ’s return and our eternity with Him. Yet what does peace look like right now as we celebrate Christmas? And how we can enjoy His peace in the present?
Jesus came to bring peace . . . to bring completeness, wholeness, and restoration. He came to give life to the fullest! And while we value and cling to His teaching, it was through His sacrifice that true peace can be enjoyed. He died so we can live in His complete, whole, and restored peace!
Our response to His life, death, and resurrection must reflect this sacrifice to experience and enjoy His peace. When we don’t feel His true peace, there might just be something we need to surrender ourselves. I love how Alisa Keeton addresses this personal sacrifice, or burning fire, inside each of us in the podcast episode about enjoying peace. Click HERE to listen while you walk, bike, or clean your house.
The Bible passages here shed light on this continual, sacrificial fire burning within us that allows us to enjoy His peace. We give the Lord our worries, fears, comforts, pains, areas of control, idols . . . even marriages and families. We must surrender our lives to receive Jesus’ peace, practice this peace as a living sacrifice, and enjoy peace fully and completely under the reign of our Prince of Peace, trusting in His restoration of all things!
Ask the Holy Spirit what you need to surrender and lay on the alter to enjoy His true peace this Advent . . . then do it. Through this sacrifice, your fire will burn even brighter and you will enjoy His peace!