We will have to be disappointed by the whole world including ourselves before we truly rejoice in Christ and Christ alone.
We will have to be totally removed from this world including our own selves, before Christ is truly welcomed in our hearts as all that we have and all that we need.
The whole world including ourselves look for us to change. Change, not according to one standard, but according to each person’s standard which result to many standards.
There’s only one person who knows that the change he wants to see in us is to happen by his own might, his own power, his own will at the appointed time. That person is none other but Christ Jesus himself.
Christ never said or meant that life would be easy. He never said or meant that we would be accepted by others or even our own selves. He never said or meant that our righteousness would be by what we or others say. The peace of Christ for us is by His blood. The righteousness of Christ for us is by his blood.
Even as we seek joy and peace and rest from others, Christ said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
“My peace, I give you”, Christ said. Yet, daily I get up seeking for others to agree with me to thus “feel” at peace myself. In the process, I do become restless. But my peace is not from others. My peace is not from myself. My peace is Christ himself who is of God.
For as long as I would temporarily feel at peace others agree with me, the peace that I have which cannot be taken away by any means whatsoever is Christ himself.
“For he himself is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14)
Of course, I will always my very best to help others feel at peace. But I do know that I can only try, and can never guarantee peace. The only peace we are all guaranteed is Christ and Christ alone.
My peace is Christ himself who is of God. Of course, I only get to remember that right after I become disappointed in others that I had tried to believe in, to depend on, to breathe by. The good news is that, nevertheless, Christ picks me up at each moment and reminds me of him as my peace so that I can divinely breathe again.
My peace is Christ Jesus who is of God. Amen.