Instruments of Peace:
As Christians, we must remember that we represent Christ. We are a living sacrifice called to further the kingdom of God. Because the Holy Spirit lives inside of us, we take God wherever we go. When we are around others, we should make the atmosphere brighter and add “flavor” to our surroundings. Mark 9:49-50 tells us that sacrifices should be seasoned with salt and if the salt has lost its flavor, what good is it? If we don’t bring peace and joy wherever we go, then what good are we for God?
In an earlier post, I talked about how peace is a state of tranquility or quiet; being free from disturbance or turmoil. We are to do our part to keep peace in situations. Life is not about getting our way or proving what we think is right; it is about glorifying God in everything we say and do. We not want to lose our testimony for Christ over an issue that has nothing to do with the fact that Christ is the only way to Heaven. When we spend time arguing over the little things, we are taking time away from spreading the gospel. In Jesus’ day, the Jews were beginning to become Christians. Traditions were very important to the Jewish people. Christians knew that nothing was unclean of itself, but to those who considered certain foods unclean; it was unclean. Christians could have argued the fact that food was not unclean and lost a chance to share the gospel. Instead, out of love, they were willing not to eat the questioned food in order to keep the doors open to the gospel (Romans 14:14-23). Let’s keep our focus on sharing the gospel and edifying people in the Lord and leave the other matters to the Lord.
It takes two people to argue. People tend to go on and on about an issue instead of saying it once and letting the Lord deal with the heart. You do not have to prove you are right if you know you are right. Christ is an excellent example of this when He was on the cross. In Matthew 27:41-44, the chief priests, the scribes and elders, and even the robbers were mocking Christ saying, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.” What if Christ was more concerned about proving He was the Son of God than staying focused on the reason He came? If He would have come down to prove Himself, we would have to die in our sins. He would have missed the opportunity to save us. The same holds true with us, we must keep our focus on sharing that Christ is the only way and not arguing over trivial issues that would close the door to people getting saved.
When we humble ourselves and do not feel we need to be “right,” then people will see God, and the gospel will go out. If we act the same way as the unbeliever, how will they ever see God and know what is correct (Hebrews 12:14)? We need to be different so that people can see God. The next time you want to argue, ask yourself, “Is being right or having to do something ‘my way’ really worth losing an opportunity to show someone God.” Start today! When a challenge comes your way, step back and allow Christ to step forward. Allow Christ, not you, to shine in every situation you come across.
By: Linda Svacha 🙂