Kato Mivule | December 20 2011
As we come to the close of this year, it would be worthwhile to take a look back and reflect at both the bad and good events that happened this year; of course with the attitude of being thankful and grateful to The Lord for His Providence.
It seemed as though, lots of events happened this year from the spiritual, physical, political, economic, and social. Yet in all, we know that The Lord is in control and we are to place our trust in Him, fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ the author and perfecter or of our faith in Him.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NASB)
1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
This does not mean that we negate the fact that we still live in this physical world, in which we have to go work, eat, take kids to school, and deal with all the complexities of life. This includes dealing with sufferings, hardships, pain, and all the challenges of life.
We still live in this physical world and therefore, we need to ask The Lord for wisdom and grace on how to live this life that He has granted to us. None of us can boast and brag about the provision of life, it is by Grace and God’s mercy; think about the thousands who have perished this year, a reason to be thankful.
Therefore it does us well to recognize that we have all sinned, and we are all sinners and it is by The Lord’s Grace that we are forgiven and receive the gift of Salvation, not by works but by Grace in Jesus Christ. Secondly, let us recognize once again that God has created all Humans in His Image, and He loves all people, desiring that none perish but all will come to the knowledge and saving Grace of Jesus Christ.
Given the wars and rumors of wars that are going on around the world, let us ask The Lord for grace that we shall be a voice for peace. Even as we engage in debates, disagreements, critics, and other human interactions and deliberations, let us pause back and remember that God still loves people even when we disagree with those who hold different opinions from us. It will do us good to remember that Jesus Christ still loves “them” as He loves “us”.
Of course we know that no perfect peace will ensue on earth until Jesus Christ returns but that does not mean we stop pursuing it and voice for it. Yes, in this real world, conflicts, disagreements will continue as long as people are still humans, but as Christians, let us voice for peace and good will to all; let’s be a voice of sanity in this age were revenge is marketed as something ‘cool’ in video games.
14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
Voicing for peace and good will towards all is not a sign of weakness but rather spiritual maturity in our walk with Jesus Christ. Neither is voicing for peace and good will towards all a sign of compromising our beliefs, doctrines, and faith in Jesus Christ but recognizing that it is the will of God for us in this world, even among those whom we disagree, as a testimony of Jesus Christ to this world, that Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace, not Violence and Mayhem. Let us remember that we are ambassadors of Jesus Christ, carrying with us a message of Forgiveness and Reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:20(NASB)
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
A reminder of what the Heavenly host sung the day Jesus Christ was born will be helpful this Holiday Season (yes, I deliberately use the term ‘Holiday season’ rather than ‘Christmas holidays’)…
Luke 2: 13-14(KJV)
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
God Bless You all
Have a safe and blessed Holiday season.