The Peace that Calms Storms

jesus_storm.jpgSeldom do we live on purpose. It’s like we have gotten use to the idea of being receivers of whatever comes our way instead of initiators of our own lives. We see ourselves as always playing defense. We talk of playing offense, and maybe take an offensive position from time to time, but do we ever consider we do not have to be responders at all?

Of course, we respond to God. But in life we do not need to always be the one preparing to defend against or attack an opponent. While there is a time for each of these, a constant position of defense or attack will wear us out. Our job is to initiate the Kingdom from a place of victory.  Consider Jesus.

The disciples were in a boat with Jesus. A storm raged with strong wind and waves assaulting their fishing boat. The waves were breaking over the boat. All the while, Jesus slept in the back of the boat. Afraid, the disciples woke Jesus and asked if he cared if they drowned. Rising, Jesus spoke to the wind and water, commanding them to be still. The storm abated at his words and he turned and asked the disciples why they were so afraid and questioned their continued lack of faith.

Jesus did not take a defensive or offensive posture against the storm until the disciples peace of mind necessitated his rebuking of the storm. He simply slept and let it rage. It was not going to hurt him or the boat. He was of a Kingdom that could not be shaken. No matter the natural assault brought by the storm, Jesus, and those with Him, were safe. Read more

In Search for Another World?

AliceAlice stepped through the looking glass. The Pevensie children walked through the wardrobe. Wendy and her brothers leapt out the window. Each found a wondrous world awaiting their discovery.

What if it is that easy? Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is at hand. He did not provide another world to escape to, but another world to abide within. Instead of leaving our world for Narnia, we get to bring Narnia to our world. We do not have to drink a potion or find an old magic wardrobe; we simply have to find Jesus.

Then together with the Holy Spirit we start our own adventure. The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. This means we have the Kingdom when we have the Holy Spirit.

It is like we take a paint brush and Read more