I Did Not Come to Bring Peace
I Did Not Come to Bring Peace
Some preachers preach that when one becomes a Christian their whole life will be fulfilled with great success, happiness, honor, and perfection of all sorts. The thing is — it will be that way spiritually as we abide in God and let Him abide in us. Then, we will have peace and happiness in fellowship with Christ. But, we will not necessarily have any of those things in our earthly lives. Quite the opposite. Jesus teaches in Matthew 10:34-39,
Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
He who has found his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake shall find it.
When we imagine that we have found happiness in this world — that we have found a life of success, true love, prestige, the perfect family, and everything else we might desire — we have actually lost our eternal life. We have made all the things on earth our gods. Earthly things have been the only goal and desire in our lives. Anyone who makes earthly things their “god” will lose their eternal life because they have rejected the true God and His ways.
But, those who have “lost” their earthly lives for Jesus’ sake will find that they have gained eternal life in heaven. That does not necessarily mean becoming a martyr physically. It means that the importance of financial success, social standing, popularity, earthly pleasures, etc. have all taken a definite back seat to the Lord.
Standing strong for all the truths of God will be of much higher value than family relationships or any other earthly personal relationships.
We are so accustomed to seeing pictures of the perfect family life, where everything is hunky-dory and it is a haven of perpetual peace. But, that is often not true in reality. When some members of that family have definitely made Christ the head of their lives and other family members think faith in Christ is for the birds — the struggle is on. The unbelievers will have no love or respect for those of faith — and those of faith will always be despised and shut down when they try to share the gospel of salvation.
It will become evident that they need to part ways in order to maintain some semblance of peace. It is in that way that believers need to take up their cross. Their cross is their heartfelt burden for a family of unbelievers. One greatly desires that their family comes to know the love and salvation of God, but it is much more important to stand up for the truths of God than to cave in to the wishes of unbelieving family members.
Christ firmly promises, “He who has lost his life for My sake shall find it.” When we stand strong in the true faith, we will discover that we have actually found a much better life — a life in Christ and the promise of eternal life in heaven. Yes, we may have had to leave our earthly loved ones, but we have gained eternal fellowship with God and His family. No earthly relationship is to become like a “god” to us, causing us to deny the Lord God. And so, we “find” our true life in Jesus Christ alone. We carry whatever cross is necessary in this world because we have a better home in heaven.
Hand in hand with Jesus, we know we have the best of the best forever, for He is God, our Creator and Savior. Then we say, “Hallelujah! Lord, it is pure joy and peace knowing the awesome greatness of Your love for us. Thank You for always staying by our side.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.