If you have this, you have everything, even if you have nothing else.
If you have everything else, but don’t have this, you have nothing.
What is “this?”
This has been the question we have been asking our youth lately. Many answers, including many valid answers, have been submitted by our students. How would you answer?
Before I tell you the answer, let me flesh out the question further (resist the urge to cheat and scan to the final paragraphs).
This one thing is what enables you to sleep soundly at night. Without it, an honest person tosses and turns.
This one thing is what enables a man to face the most horrific circumstances with joy. It is why many who have suffered most deeply are so strangely relaxed and happy.
This one thing is at the root of contentment in a woman previously plagued by crippling anxiety. It is this that forms the bedrock of the sage advice she gives to others.
This one thing enables the dying to greet the days to come with an eerie anticipation of better things. It takes the sting out of death.
The world has many substitutes which we attempt to put in place of it: money, fame, family, success, legacy, charity, and more. But all of these will prove to be nothing in comparison to the one thing that is needed most.
Romans 5:1 provides us the answer. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Peace with God is the one thing that enables the restless to sleep, the suffering to find lasting joy, the anxious to find calm, and the dying to depart with contagious joy.
It is peace with God that sin took away from us. The Bible is clear that there are only two categories of people: those at peace with God and those who are enemies of God. The most important question in the universe is, “Which one are you?”
Do you possess peace with God? Not in your imagination, but in reality? Not on your terms, but on His?
It is peace with God that Jesus restores to us, for it only comes through our Lord Jesus Christ to those who have been justified through faith. If you don’t have it, it is still available to you. There are hundreds of people at CCC who would love to help you find it. If you have it, but aren’t experiencing it, we are happy to talk with you about that as well.
Because, at the end of the day, nothing is more important than peace with God.
Questions or Comments? Email Youth Pastor Leo Barnes.