Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9
Imagine you were sent to this world to make peace. Not with other people, but to connect other people with God. An ambassador. That’s what Jesus did. The angels proclaimed His peace the night He was born into the Earth. They said “Peace on Earth and goodness toward men” They were talking about peace with God. Jesus came so that people of the world could be brought back to God through peace in the sacrifice of Jesus.
This is still our ministry today, but we don’t have to be the same sacrifice that Jesus was. Our sacrifice is to give our life to show the world that they too can have peace with God, and be reconciled to Him. After we have first received salvation and a right relationship with Him, we fulfill the calling all of us were given to tell the world about His peace.
We bring the peace of God’s goodness, and we bring the peace of God’s grace. We proclaim the message of the creator’s love and His desire to have all people in His family. He created us to be people connected to each other and connected to Him.
In John 17:22-23 Jesus prayed: “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” God’s planned for us to be connected to each other in unity, each of us doing our part in the ministry of being a peacemaker in the world.
And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:18) What truly makes us part of God’s family, His children, is when we represent His mission and His cause in the world. We bring His message of peace and Salvation to all so that they can make the choice to become a peacemaker, too.
Today I want to encourage you to be a peacemaker. Share the message of God’s peace brought into the world through His Son, Jesus. Keep your focus on the One who gives you peace and don’t let the stress and anxiety of the world steal it from you. Instead, give peace to the world by loving people in a way that best shows how your Father in heaven loves them. We are called the children of God, because we are one of His voices in the earth. Be the voice of peace into every conversation you enter today and bring with you the unity that Jesus prayed so earnestly for.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 5:3-12
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.