Daily Devotional November 3, 2020
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)
In a world where a state or condition of peace appears entirely elusive, it is up to those of us who are connected with the source of true and lasting peace to lead the way. The angel’s pronouncement, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests” (Luke 2:14) was no mere sentimental platitude to be mass produced on greeting cards! God has made a way for us to experience His peace...lasting peace...unfathomable peace through the gift of His Son.
Today, I am reminded of the deficit of peace in our world...dare I say even amidst believers. Today, the USA will go to the voting stations, at least those who have not already done so, to elect the party and individual who will serve as President for the next four years. The vitriol is rife and has even caught up many north of the American border. Both sides fear the outcome should their preferred candidate and party lose. Folks may I provide a reality check? Human systems cannot save or produce peace, no matter what name they go by or platform they stand on.
But there is a people group that holds the answer. If you are a follower of Christ, you must learn how to be politically minded while still retaining the ‘higher qualities’ demanded by God of His children. Not only is one of God’s expectations that we tell others about Christ–the Prince of Peace–but we are also to let His peace ‘rule in our hearts.’ I am afraid that the current fear mongering, the accusations and the lack of overall Christian character by some who claim the name of Christ has done much to tarnish His good name.
Unfortunately, the pronouncement that is likely to come at the end of the day is not going to miraculously change attitudes. We have forgotten who is Sovereign, regardless of who holds political power, and what one of our jobs as the Church is–we are to shine a light in the dark, not sling mud on those who hold to a different opinion. Want to see reform in our world? Commit to knowing and sharing the peace that can only come through a relationship with Jesus–He’s the only One capable of bringing about the change needed in our world...yesterday, today and forever!
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!