“Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Whether or not you’re a Christian, there may have been a time in your life when you wondered about God’s will. Just what does God intend for us on this journey called Life? Though the choices may seem endless, the truth is both plain and simple. Simplicity is a familiar criticism of Christianity. In a way, that’s understandable. After all, the God who designed and created a complex multiverse must be as complicated as His creation.
The problem with such thinking is that it comes from a human perspective. The multiverse that seems so complicated to us may, in fact, be very simple to God. In the same way, omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence are mind-boggling for us to comprehend, they are simply how God is.
Paul who penned the remark above told the Romans that Christianity produced a personal transformation in people’s thinking that proved the “good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God”. But we need not go that far. In every epistle he wrote he opened his writing with the secret to the will of God—and you may have read it to start the post. Or as is often the case with his letters, people skip right over the introduction.
The will of God is for everyone to experience His grace—His unmerited favor that accepts us into His fellowship. Grace is a gift from Creator to creation. It is not extended to us as our due for a particular self-identification, nor does it originate with us. God gives it of His own free will because He loves those He created and wants them to be free from the guilt and shame we experience as imperfect human beings.
It is also the will of God that we live in peace. Peace with ourselves and one another to be sure, but first and foremost at peace with God. Until we experience peace with God, no other peace is truly attainable or sustainable. Peace with God ushers us into His presence where there is fullness of joy. Peace with God flows from His grace.
So, if grace and peace are the will of God, then why don’t we experience them? Well, there are those who are experiencing God’s grace and peace at this very moment. They are not members of a particular church denomination nor those who shun denominational labels. They are not inherently more holy than anyone else nor can they achieve such a feat by sheer force of will.
Grace and peace, as the scripture above states, comes from the Father and Jesus Christ. If you want them, you must go to the source and ask for them. Then after having asked, receive them, and follow them to their transformative end under the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Now, I have made this sound simple, and it is. However, it should come as no surprise that it is easier said than done. It is also more certainly true when done than said.