Confessions of a wannabe peacemaker.
I would be a peacemaker in every situation if I could, but I can’t. For that to happen everyone would have to bow to my King, but they don’t. Oh a lot of folks give lip service to godly thoughts and claim a morality more just than God’s laws. That’s my problem, no common ground.
So, why haven’t I prayed for peace? Everybody does. Beauty queens pray for peace, parents pray for peace and those trapped in wars pray for peace. Dreamers imagine, and politicians promise peace with prosperity thrown in for good measure. It’s not that I don’t want peace …… my prayer has been, “Not yet, Lord, not yet.”
Peace will come at a price.
It’s not a price that I will pay, but it will be a costly one for many others. To pray for peace is to pray for the return of Jesus. There will be no peace until the dragon is cast into the abyss. Nations will rise against nations, inspired by demons and lust for power. It will only get worse before Jesus returns. So, why haven’t I prayed for peace? Because then it will be too late for those who have rejected Jesus’ message to His church.
I am past the point of praying for those who mock God. And I have finally come to accept the fact that many choose to reject Him. The reason that I haven’t prayed for Christ’s return is His church.
This was a nation influenced by the Christian faith. Our churches were full of men and women who took their religion seriously. Buildings now hold mega churches with programs that entertain. The existence of sin was once kept in the closet, a shame to even the sinner. No longer. Sin now boasts itself in the light of day. Parents have abandoned their children to find their own spiritual path, because they have lost their own way.
I have not prayed for Christ to return because of my love for those who know better. Those who have tasted the goodness of God, yet still find pleasure and comfort better suited to their life on earth. It is easier to act the part of a saint than to be one, and the pews are full. They know better.
This is Jesus’ letter to the church of Laodicea. It was the last of seven messages to the churches. And if there is the Spirit of Truth abiding in your soul, you will agree it’s a message we in the U.S.A. need to take to heart.
“To the angel of the church of Laodicea write:
The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Origin of the creation of God, says this: I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,’ and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 3:14-22
Peace will come with repentance.
Jesus is knocking on the door of His church. As long as we have today it is never too late to come to Him motivated by the sincerity of your heart. I now pray for peace, the return of Jesus, confident that His sheep will hear His voice. My job is to just keep writing and praying that my sermons are heard.
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:23)