War and Peace with God

Colossians 1:19-24:  We are “peace ambassadors" of the Church.

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,

2 Timothy 2:3-4:   We are “soldiers" in Christ.

Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.

1.  Is there any specific area in my life in which I am tempted to reject God’s rule - or at least become entangled in “everyday life”?

2.  Do I need to recapture the joy of knowing I have been reconciled by God in love?  If so, what factors may have caused that joy to diminish?  What can I do to recapture that joy?

3.  How is one of my "fellow soldiers in Christ” currently trapped or wounded - needing me to help him or her survive and succeed in battle?

4.  Who has God placed in my life to offer His "terms of peace” to end their war against Him (especially if they don’t even realize they’re at war with Him)?  Pray for the open door and wisdom to minister to those who need to be reconciled to God.  Be a wise, respectful, and skillful “ambassador” who expects and allows the Spirit of God to open their hearts.