The peace of God… will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:7, 12, 13)
I conclude my summary of Paul’s prescription for the peace of God with this condition for attaining and maintaining the peace of God: rest in Christ Jesus.
What does it mean to rest in Christ Jesus? What does it mean to be in Christ? When they want to describe the relationship we have with the risen Christ, the authors of the New Testament say it’s to be “in Christ.” Paul uses this description ninety-seven times in his writings.
According to Jesus, the expression means that we are in union with Him, as a branch is in union with a vine. If we are involved in the work of God, then all day long we are going to be faced with the impossible – things we cannot do – because they are His work and we cannot do His work. We can only be vehicles through which He does His work. When we lose sight of the obvious reality that it is His work, and only He can do His work, if we think it all depends on us, we lose our peace, big time!
Perhaps the greatest “peace thief” devout disciples of Jesus experience is doing the work of Christ in our own strength. What I call “Four Spiritual Secrets” is the solution to that problem. These four secrets are my way of expressing what it means to “rest in Christ Jesus.” (You will find them in the margin of these blogs).