In reading the lectionary scriptures for this week there were two that stood out and brought new insight.
“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.” Psalm 23: 3
The honor is not for me.
No promotion, no financial gain, no prestige, no honours at all are for me they are for God.
The fact that Christians experience these blessing would mean that in all we have we acknowledge God’s sovereignty over them. How and what we do as a result of promotions at work, the money we earn/win/inherit, and our power both positional and personal would be at God’s direction, God’s leading through the Holy Spirit and in keeping with the direction Christ.
"for he is our peace, who did make both one, and the middle wall of the enclosure did break down. Ephesians 2:14
This verse has been preached and does refer to the political and cultural wall between Jew and Gentile. It can equally apply to the division in the lives of Christians who have a religious life and then live a secular life.
Paul and I went into volunteer service MCC through our Mennonite Church we lived and worked service. We were paid nothing for our time, and we lived with those we were serving. For those two years we accumulated nothing for ourselves, we brought our clothing and put the rest (secular) of our lives into storage. It was amazing, there was such freedom and we worked very hard. It is a time in our life that we often long for and yet now we struggle to give up, pensions, health care, vacations, and the list goes on.
God is our peace in all things when “the middle wall” between our religious lives and our secular lives “of the enclosure [is broken] down” and all that we are and have is done on “the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.”
This is the experience of Haven On Earth