God’s peace rests upon us as we follow Him. His peace is interconnected with His glory for the spread of the Gospel.
So when Jesus tells His disciples to declare peace upon every house they enter (Luke 10:5–6), that is the offer of salvation to all who hear. The person of peace then is someone who receives the message of salvation and helps to spread this peace to others in their community. And if the peace is not received, then we move on and keep looking for people of peace who are ready to receive it.
We don’t know where the disciples went at first but you’d have to think that they may have started with people they already knew who had not yet received the peace. Perhaps they even went back to their own families first. It is interesting to note that the immediate response to this peace is hospitality and serving others (see verse 7).
You have to be a person of peace to bring peace to others. Our own houses should also be examples where God’s peace reigns. It starts with prayer, for His house shall be called a house of prayer (Isaiah 56:7, Matthew 21:13, Mark 11:17, Luke 19:46). In fact, “peace to this house” is a prayer on that house for the God of peace to go before us and rest there.
David looked to God for peace and began Psalm 67 quoting the Aaronic blessing of Numbers 6:24-26, but then switched the ending. Instead of writing: “the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:26) – he wrote: “that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.” (Psalm 67:2) This is because the peace of God shining upon us is for the world to know His ways and His plan of salvation to the ends of the earth.
For us to truly have His peace, His saving power has to flow through us as we let His light shine in us. He makes His face to shine upon us so that we might shine that light to others. Our prayer is that others would see this light and give glory to God (Matthew 5:16).
The same Word that said “let there be light” in Genesis 1:3 became flesh and dwelt among us so that we might see His glory (John 1:14). Jesus said, “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” (John 12:46). In prayer, we seek His face to penetrate the darkness around us and bring us into His light.
This year we will have the opportunity to serve others and show peace towards them. As Final Command Ministries reminds us, “Serving opens up spiritual conversations which can bring forward a person of peace, provided by God…This person has God-given spiritual interest and is connected in the community…Often our actions catch their attention because they see things about our service that’s different, and meets real needs in their community.”
If we want to make a difference, we must point people to the difference-maker. And as we follow Jesus, we declare to the world that the Prince of Peace reigns and provides refuge to all who earnestly seek Him. May He bless you and give you His peace as He makes His ways known among all people.