MUSINGS – May 14 2018
MY PEACE I GIVE
“Don’t think that I came to bring peace to earth. I didn’t come to bring peace but conflict. I came to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A person’s enemies will be the members of his own family.
“The person who loves his father or mother more than me does not deserve to be my disciple. The person who loves a son or daughter more than me does not deserve to be my disciple. Whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow me doesn’t deserve to be my disciple.”
John 14:27 has Jesus saying “I’m leaving you peace. I’m giving you my peace. I don’t give you the kind of peace that the world gives. So don’t be troubled or cowardly.” This at first seems to be contradictory to the scripture quoted above. But look at what he is saying. His peace is not the peace of the world. His peace is peace with God and with fellow followers. It is not peace with the world, for the world doesn’t accept it.
There are televangelists who seem to preach a gospel of peace and prosperity, as though becoming a Christian will be an easy road filled with earthly riches. No one who studies the Bible and the lives of the saints could believe that there is not pain and hardship in serving the Lord.
Some people read the story known as “The Rich Young Ruler” in Mark 10:17-22 and think, when Jesus asked him to give up everything, that He was asking more of him than any of his other followers. But that’s not true. Everyone that Jesus called was asked to give up their previous life and follow him.* And, friends, that hasn’t changed in all these years since. Jesus wants to be number one in your life. Sometimes that means there is going to be strife between family and friends who haven’t given their FULL life to Christ. And is certainly means that, in this Godless world, there will be problems.
How do you answer the call to put Jesus first, above everyone and everything else?
Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that i have failed in the pay to put to you first. I’ve allowed my self interest, my family, my work, an and even my pleasures to take precedence over you. Forgive me I pray. I now give myself wholly to you to be led by your spirit. Amen
*Matt 4:18-20, Luke 5:27-32
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