Allowing God to hold you accountable

March 10, 2021 by Dr. Jack Graham

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

–Colossians 3:15

I love baseball. For me, there’s nothing better on a nice spring afternoon than catching a game at the ballpark. And I am so excited that my beloved Texas Rangers are in spring training. Now, there are several roles that must be filled on the baseball field for the game to run properly. Sure, you have your players and your coaches, but one of the most important people in the contest is the umpire.

An umpire keeps the peace in a ball game. An umpire makes sure that the teams are playing by the rules. And when someone steps out of the confines of the rules, the umpire is the one who holds them accountable through penalties and outs.

Now, in today’s passage, the word rule carries the sense of “umpire.” That is, “… let the peace of Christ umpire your hearts….” You see, when you’re walking in the will of God, the peace of God lives in you. But the moment you step out of bounds, the peace of God says, “You’re out!”

There’s no peace when you’re outside of the will of God. There’s only hurt and pain. And when you feel that hurt and pain, that’s God holding you accountable for stepping out of bounds.

If you want to know God’s peace, walk in His will. And if you step out of His will, allow Him to hold you accountable so that you can be fully restored!

BE OPEN TO GOD’S ACCOUNTABILITY IN YOUR LIFE BY WALKING IN HIS WILL AND KEEPING HIS PEACE IN YOUR HEARTS.

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