…from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
In our passage today, Paul goes on to say that “grace and peace” come from both “God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. “Peace” with God is positional and offered unconditionally (“grace”) because of the sacrifice Jesus made for us upon the cross. Why is it then that so many of us feel that God is disappointed in us because we haven’t been attending church regularly, or reading our Bibles often enough, or any of a host of other reasons we feel may have disqualified us for the prize? Here Paul says, “There is grace and peace for all because of what Christ has already done.” In other words, not what you did or didn’t do, but what Christ has already done.
My wife is such an amazing prayer warrior. She can literally pray for hours little intimidating and an area I can certainly improve upon in my Christian walk. My prayers are a little more simple and direct. I don’t waste many words because I believe the Lord knows best, knows my heart, and He alone is in control. I don’t worry a lot about anything because none of the things we usually agonize over really mean all that much from an eternal perspective. But that doesn’t stop me — when I see my wife praying so intently — from thinking God must be disappointed that I don’t pray a little more. Then I remind myself once again, it is not what I did or didn’t do (or how long I prayed this morning) that matters, but what Christ has already done. From this position of “grace” I once again find “peace” with God.
Have you been feeling a little out of touch with God lately? Perhaps disconnected — a stranger in the Kingdom of God? Don’t worry — we all feel that way from time to time. It’s not God who separates Himself from us, but we who disconnect ourselves from God. He is waiting like a patient, loving Father. His Son has already paid the price for our disobedience — will you call upon Him?