Daily Devotion Wednesday August 23, 2017
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“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
After the second World War which has claimed an estimated 50-70 million people, about 3% of the then global population, the United Nations was born with the aim of averting the recurrence of any such a horrible war. The preamble of the Charter of the United Nations signed on 26 June 1945 in San Francisco states one of the mandates of the United Nations:
“To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind”—United Nations
This makes the United Nations the world’s largest humanitarian organisation which is involved in peace-making. Although there continues to be a lot of armed conflicts in many parts of the world which has continued to claim many lives, a data on War and Peace shows that the number of deaths due to armed conflicts has drastically reduced since the mid of the last century. The United Nations must be credited for her role in peace-making.
The seventh beatitude—Jesus’ sayings of blessedness has to do with peace-making. While teaching on the mountain, the Lord Jesus preached:
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God” (Matt. 5:9).
What does peace-making mean? Who is a peacemaker? Is Jesus referring to anyone who is engaged in making of any sort of peace? Or, do the staffs of the United Nations who are involved in making peace automatically qualify to be called the children of God even when several of them may be either atheists or without any relationship with Christ?
Although the United Nations and many other organisations and individuals are involved in peace-making, this does not make their staffs or the persons involved in settling political disputes and conflicts the children of God. In the context of the beatitudes and biblical peace-making, I find the reference to a peacemaker by Dustin S. very fulfilling;
“A peacemaker is someone who experiences the peace of God (Philippians 4:7) because he is at peace (Romans 5:1) with the God of peace (Philippians 4:9) through the Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6), who, indeed, is our peace (Ephesians 2:14), and who therefore seeks to live at peace with all others (Romans 12:18) and proclaims the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15) so that others might have joy and peace in believing (Romans 15:13).”
There are not so many ways of becoming a child of God except one; believing and accepting the Lord Jesus. In his Gospel account, John writes; “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). There is therefore no way that efforts of the United Nations and other peace-making bodies will make their members (staffs) children of God WITHOUT any acknowledgment of Christ. If it were possible to become a child of God by other means other than through Christ, then his death on the cross wouldn’t necessary.
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, apostle Paul was right in saying that, “we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1) and that “while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son” (Rom. 5:10). Although we ought and are mandated to live in peace with each other, harmonious living here on earth without being reconciled to God will only give us a short-lived—temporal peace. As we seek to live in peace with one another, we must be reconciled with God to have eternal peace, until then is when we will be the children of God. Amen!
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