“Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.”
It’s a full time job.
Living in peace, I mean.
Let’s get brutally honest for a moment, shall we? People are – well, so very human. We mess up. We get tired and cranky. We have such limited perspectives. We can’t be in possession of all of the facts, yet are expected to make snap decisions based on the little we can see on the surface, so we are often wrong as we draw conclusions. We have a ridiculously selfish streak running right down our backbones. We are easily annoyed. Power goes to our heads.
And yet – we need to move and work and hobnob together daily.
No wonder there are so many conflicts around the globe…
I think right at the top of every job application in the world, there ought to be one burning question.
Can you live and work in peace with others?
The writer of Hebrews demonstrates great wisdom and knowledge of human nature in his approach to this important job skill. He declares that to live in peace, we must work at it.
You know. Put effort into it. Give thought and intent to it. Wrestle and subdue impulses that would squelch it.
You don’t get a peaceful home or business or workplace by wishing it were different, or sitting back and watching it arrive in the distance.
Because it won’t.
Not without work.
Now work is a word that implies that this is not a skill that comes naturally. We aren’t born into it. We don’t wake up one day with buckets of peace to spare.
We have to be prepared to practice. To cultivate, like a garden, all the finesse and people management that will be required before we can reap the benefit of a peaceful home or workplace.
Look at the lovely benefit of working for peace – it helps lead to holiness, which leads to a peek at God Himself. Earlier we discussed the idea that working for peace is copying the character of God, and another passage mentions that those who promote peace will be called His children.
Better brush up on those crucial peace-keeping skills.
Work for peace in your home and workplace with me?
Father, You are pleased when we make it our mission to work for peace in our homes and job sites. Bless us as we practice. Help us to learn what peace is all about and how we can promote it each day. Amen.