October 7, 2014
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for
they shall be called sons of God.”
– Matthew 5:9
What is God’s Word for me today?
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.” God’s will is that peace becomes a reality. Notice that Jesus did not promise happiness to peace-lovers, but to peace-makers. It is not enough to evade the issues that confront peace; we must face them. God’s blessings are not promised to those who embrace a passive acceptance of things, but to those who actively change things, who make peace where there is no peace.
Our promise is that we will “be called the sons of God.” Barnabas was called a “son of encouragement” because he went around spreading encouragement. We will be the “sons of God” in a practical sense, because we go around spreading his peace. Never will you be more blessed than when you are active, serving from the center of the will of God.
How does this make me become like Him?
It is not enough to accept non-peace; you are called to actually go out and make peace. Think about that the next time you hear two people talking/gossiping. You carry a can of water and a can of lighter fluid. Which will you pour on the fire? Your job is to put fires out, not stoke the flames. Be a peace-maker, and you will be recognized as a child of God. And in your journey of making peace, you will become like Him.