Everyday Peacemaker

Peacemaker Ministries Devotion: Own Gift

by P. Brian Noble / March 15, 2021


There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. (Ephesians 4:4–7, ESV)


There is only one body, Jesus’ body, that will save you. It isn’t likely that your mother died for you. Your teacher didn’t redeem you. Your pastor can’t atone for you. Your works won’t justify you. It is Jesus Christ and him alone who saves you. He died on a cross and was resurrected so that you could begin an eternal life with the Father.

There is only one Spirit, the Holy Spirit, who empowers your daily walk with God. Human willpower doesn’t empower you enough. The Holy Spirit is one with God; therefore, he doesn’t have an agenda that is independent from God’s. God’s Spirit gives us great discernment. He comforts and guides us. He gives us a way of escape during temptation. The Spirit is our forever Helper.

There is only one hope, the good news of the Gospel. Our hope is in the gospel—Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, and appearance. Please hear me. Your hope is in not in your church. Your hope is not in your good works. Your hope is not in anything or anyone other than Jesus Christ himself.

Look how Paul lays it out for us, with these amazing words: One body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father. And then he follows it all with “But!” This butis very important. It signals a contrasting statement and tells us to pay attention. Grace is given to “each one of us.” That is so beautiful and specific. Christ’s gift is given to each one of us as individuals, as unique beings. The Lord Jesus treats us each as individuals, giving the gift of grace to each of us individually.

God, you are good!

I love how The Message, a paraphrase of the Bible, fleshes out this truth:

But that doesn’t mean you should all look and speak and act the same. Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift.(Ephesians 4:7, MSG)


Jesus sees each of us as unique individuals, but in your relationships, do you require uniformity? Do I expect people to think like me, act like me, and respond like me? Or do I allow people to operate in the grace that Jesus gives them?


Lord, help me to appreciate and respect the oneness and unity you have given us, and at the same time to appreciate and respect the uniqueness you have given each through your grace. . . . Continue praying.

Tags: love of Christ, Relationship, Grace

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P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.

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