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Being at Peace With God By Howard Rich

Stewards are at Peace with God

Take a moment and think about how you experience the undeniable peace of God in your life as a leader.

For me, I feel it in my leadership when I am seeking His guidance through an ongoing, personal communion with Him.  That relationship is intensely personal but requires intentional discipline to maintain.  My submission to His Lordship through disciplines like prayer, repentance, reading scripture, and fasting brings a peace that does surpass all understanding.

I must confess, I don’t always walk in the calm of our Lord as I make leadership decisions.  I have found in my life, when I feel confusion and a lack of clear direction, I am not walking in step with the Lord as I steward what He has placed in my care. It amazes me how quickly I can fall off course as the Lord’s steward when I neglect that personal connection to God.

In Romans 5:1 Paul presents an important truth.  I am God’s enemy without Christ, yet with Christ, God declared peace between us.  This fact makes my life possible.  Because I am at peace with God, I can grow, mature, and stand before Him with character.  The hope Paul presents in Romans 5:3-5 is an anticipation of a fact.  The believer’s life in eternity at peace is secure, but not fully realized in our present life.  Paul makes it clear that troubles are real and even desirable because they build faithfulness.  Through perseverance in troubles, the leader builds a reputation and recognizable record of character as a faithful steward.  Read and meditate on Romans 5:1-5 here below.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

These truths are important to internalize and demonstrate in the life of a leader.  I sometimes want the hard times to pass without doing the solid spiritual work necessary to grow in proven character.  I so easily miss the fact that I can be at peace with God even when there is chaos and hard times around me.  There is peace for me as His steward when I am connected to Him because He has declared peace between us through Christ.

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Howard Rich is the CFO of Global Disciples.  Howard is a life-long advocate of generous living and desires to see Christians lead from a heart of stewardship and generosity.

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