Bearing the Father’s Name
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.”
– Matthew 5:9 CSB
On my 7th birthday, I remember preparing to go on a motorcycle ride with my Dad. It wasn’t the first time I had been riding, but the first time we would be out ALL DAY at a bike show. As we were about to leave my mom was reminding me of all the rules for riding when my little sister said, “Mom! He’s 7 now, he knows what to do!” It was a funny moment, but the most memorable moment was when we were at the bike show and I won a drawing for a porcelain Collector’s Harley Davidson motor. My dad’s immediate response was, “That’s my son!” I must say, I didn’t care about winning as much as I cared about making my dad proud!
When I think about that moment, I’m reminded of when Jesus was baptized. Matthew 3 says that as soon as Jesus rose out of the water God said, “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased!” As you continue to read about the life that Jesus lived, you realize that God was not only proud because Jesus was baptized, but because Jesus was pursuing the path to bring peace between God and His creation, us.
See, sin has separated humanity from God. Sin has made us enemies of God. But Christ, fully man and fully God, came to pay the price of our sins so that He could make peace between us and God and we too could know God as our Heavenly Father. A part of God’s will for our lives is not just to believe in what Christ did for us, not just to know God, but also to live like Christ. God wants us to be His children!
So, how do we become children of God? What must we do to bear His name? In this weeks verse, we learn that just like Christ, God wants us to be peacemakers. Proverbs 16:7 says, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Psalm 34:14 says, “Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Just like Christ, the son of God, made peace between us and God, even when we were His enemies, we should be peacemakers with those around us in hopes that we may bring them to the Father, even our enemies!
Now you might be thinking, “My enemies are enemies for a reason. Why should I make peace with them?” The truth is we too were once enemies of God, but His love changes our hearts and our ways. When we make peace with our enemies, we provide an opportunity for them to experience the same love of God, the same change of heart. The best part is that we are not alone in making peace. God has bestowed His Holy Spirit within us by our faith to step out and make peace! Let’s be sons and daughters of the Most High. Let’s bear the Father’s name as we make peace in the broken world that surrounds us!
Question to Consider: Who I am withholding forgiveness from that I need to make peace with?
Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for sending Christ to die for my sins so that I may have peace with you! Even when I was your enemy, you loved me and desired peace and a relationship with me. Help me to do the same for my enemies, to forgive them as you have forgiven me, to love them as you have loved me, and to make peace with them as you have done for me. I love you and praise you! In Jesus’ name, AMEN!