Matthew 5:9 NET
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”
This past week has shown clearly that many who claim allegiance to Christ have forgotten the way our King taught us, and instead have become like the power hungry, godless masses.
Matthew’s Gospel is clear on this. The way to true “power” is not through violence, or authoritarian means, but through service to others.
“But Jesus called them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions use their authority over them. It must not be this way among you! Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Matthew 20:25-28 NET
Christ offers a better way. Not an easier way, but a better way.
Followers of Christ don’t seek to grow in earthly power through earthly means. Rather, we become the peacemakers in our nation, and use our means to humbly serve others.
Nowhere does Jesus teach his disciples to grasp power at all costs. Rather, we crucify the wants of our lives for the sake of Christ in order to reach our neighbors through humble service.
The Kingdom of Heaven is not about earthly power. It is about fulfilling the commission Christ has given his Church.
Preach the Gospel. Make disciples. Serve humbly. Be a peacemaker.
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Help us remember that our baptism was an act of surrender, and allegiance to you alone. Help us remember that we were not purchased by the power of the donkey or the elephant, but by the blood of the Lamb. Help us love one another, and be one as you are One. Help us to truly be your children by showing the world your peace. Through the name and power of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Amen.