Thursday, September 18, 2014

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

International Day of Peace: Rise Children of God

Matthew 5:9

Robin Varughese

Epiphany MTC, NY
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

“The Beatitudes” serves as a crucial part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Many of times we read through this passage, recite it whenever prompted, but forget the true meaning of His Words. A beatitude ascribes praise to character that is then divinely rewarded. In verse 9,  “peacemakers” will be called “children of God”. A peacemaker isn’t only one who ceases war and chaos, but also one who finds a way to spread the Kingdom of God on earth- granting an eternal peace that no war can disturb. Along with this character is the promise of being called “children of God”, but wait! Aren’t we all “children of God”? Of course, but the imagery of being called a “child of God” further emphasizes the greater relationship and connection formed with God, as do everyone who constantly work towards advancing the Kingdom.
So what now? How does a verse spoken close to 2,000 years ago have any relevance in my life today? Well, it all boils down to semantics. A true “peacemaker” is one who understands what true peace is- and to hold onto peace for oneself serves no use to the community at large, where chaos and brokenness courses our society’s veins. We are called for something greater than ourselves- to spread this peace, this Kingdom of God, to corners of the earth that have yet to hear it. As singer/songwriter Matthew West and our NERYF put it, it’s time for all of us to “do something” for a change, it’s time to rise and claim our rightful place as “children of God”!  

Prayer: Father God, we thank You for the countless blessings you've provided us in our lives. We ask that You use us for Your Glory- to spread the Good News to those who haven’t heard it, and to be patient for those who refuse it. We ask for boldness to proclaim Your Word fearlessly and comfort for when we are spiritually weary. Continue to walk with us daily, Father, in Your Precious Name. Amen.

Thought for the day: How can we rise up to the challenge of being a “peacemaker” in our daily lives?