DAY 17: LORD, HELP ME TO BE A PEACEMAKER – PASTOR HEIDEN RATNER
PASTOR HEIDEN RATNER
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” – Matthew 5:9 ESV
Did you know that God has called you to ministry? I recognize that may feel like a heavy thought, but if you weren’t aware, I want to encourage you with this reality. Notice the words of Paul in his second letter to the Corinthian Church: “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation…” (2 Corinthians 5:18 ESV)
The word reconcile means “to restore to friendship or harmony.” (Webster’s Dictionary) Where we once had animosity with God the Father, we now have peace through our faith in Christ. (Romans 5:1) Jesus, by His grace, restored peace between sinful man and holy God and has directly placed a calling on us to do the same for others. We are all called to the ministry of reconciliation.
In Matthew 5:9, Jesus continues his mini-sermon on how to live the blessed life, stating: “Blessed are the peacemakers…” In this text, Jesus affirms that we should actively look for ways to cultivate peace where it has been broken and constantly point people to make peace with God by placing their faith in Jesus. Paul states in Ephesians 2:14: “For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility…” (Ephesians 2:14 ESV)
I want to make the distinction here that Paul is not calling us to be peacekeepers, for peacekeepers can quickly become “yes-men” who will go at all costs to avoid conflict. On the contrary, peacemakers are initiators. They don’t sit back, crossing their fingers, hoping for peace. Instead, they go out and make peace where it is lacking. Christ did this for us, and He now gives us the calling and power to do the same toward others. So if today you know of a relationship in your life that lacks the peace of God on it, I want to encourage you, based on Matthew 5:9, to strive to make peace with that person. In the long run, you’ll be glad you did!
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” – Romans 12:18 ESV
Father, thank You for restoring peace between us by sending Your Son. I don’t know where I would be or what I would do today if it weren’t for Christ. Thank You for loving me more than I ever knew and for giving me Your supernatural peace.
I take up my calling today to be a peacemaker, not just a peacekeeper. Please help me to live out Romans 12:18, and strive for peace with all. Where relationships are broken, please help me have the humility and wisdom to know how to make peace with that person and do it. I know I don’t have time to sit back and wait on them. I need to be the peacemaker You are calling me to be, and I, again, ask for Your help in doing that. Lord, thank You for Your peace and calling on my life to be a reconciling peacemaker. In Jesus’ name, amen!