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Everyday Peacemaker

Peacemaker Ministries Devotional "Called"

by P. Brian Noble / July 22, 2019

Peacemakers Daily Devotional

Scripture:

… Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and

apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among

all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, to all those

in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace

from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:4-7, ESV, emphasis

mine)

Thoughts

We are “called to belong” and “called to be.” So many Christians only feel they

are called to do. We may even frequently ask ourselves, “What am I supposed to

do today? Have I prayed and read my Bible? Have I shared my faith with

someone? Am I operating out of kindness?” Yes, the by-product of being is

doing, but I want to remind you first that you are then I will affirm that we are also

to do. When you are truly transformed, when you are truly a new person, when

you are, then you will do. You belong to Jesus Christ. You are called to be a

saint. You are set apart.

An apple doesn’t work at being an apple; it is an apple; therefore, it “does apple.”

A cow doesn’t focus on doing cow behavior; it is a cow; therefore, it does cow

behavior. Some Christians try to do Christianity as if they are fighting internally to

be a Christian and to live in Christian behavior. But for all who believe in Jesus,

the fact is that we are saints by faith. Because you are a Christ-follower, you

have been appointed as a saint. In verse 7, the Greek has two words: klētós,

"called” or “appointed,” and hágios, “saint” or “holy.” In Jesus, you are an

appointed saint. In Jesus, you are called holy.

Now, let’s look at what Paul instructed the believers in Ephesus to do: “For we

are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God

prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10, ESV). So

let’s bring all these ideas together. Believers are called holy, called to belong,

and created to do the works God has prepared for us.

Application

Since we are, since we belong, since we also are created to do, we get to

operate in the fullness of what God has for our relationships. When you

understand your newness in Jesus, it helps you to forgive and walk in humility.

You will do so much more with Jesus than trying to do it for Jesus.

Prayer

Jesus, I thank you for calling me to belong. I am your follower. Please help me to

know you fully, to experience all of my identity that I have in you…. (Continue

praying.)

 

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P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.