“Once more into the breach, my brothers!”
Battle scarred, grizzled, fierce, and fearless in his missionary efforts, Paul the apostle was nothing if not a warrior. He had been beaten, flogged, starved, subjected to the elements, stoned, and often maltreated. Can you imagine what he must have looked like? He could’ve stood toe-to-toe with the fiercest warrior of the barbarian hordes around the Empire in a competition of “check-out-THIS-scar”!
So perhaps it’s not surprising that we see him urge the young Timothy thus:
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
We are living in an answer to Paul and Timothy’s prayers…halfway.
The great tragedy of this is that, while we do live in a place where those in authority allow Christians to live in peace and security and our right to worship as we choose is protected, we do not take full advantage of the opportunity to grow in godliness and holiness. Rather than promoting godliness, our peace and quiet have often tended to allow us to slip into complacency. Rather than living as fiercely holy people, we are lax and content.
So, with Paul, pray for continued peace and quiet. But also with Paul, pray that the peace and quiet we are blessed with would ignite the fires of godliness in us! Pray that we would not substitute the fetters of persecution with the fetters of indolence. We are unhindered. Let us run towards Christ!
Paul prayed for peace in order that we might live in godliness and holiness. Now that you have peace, will you pursue these?