“…Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.” – Mark 9:50
People sometimes think that the Great Commission is only for those men and women who are called into the mission field or into fulltime ministry. But it is a call to all who have accepted Jesus as their Saviour and Lord.
When Jesus ascended to heaven he left His followers behind with a specific task – to preach the gospel. We read in the Book of Acts how the early church went into action, preaching, healing, delivering people from demons and caring for the poor.
Although we have men and women in fulltime ministry each believer is called to be a witness of God’s love and salvation.
The famous hymn “Make me an instrument of Your Peace” captures the essence of what a Christian should be. This hymn is ascribed to St Francis of Assisi, but in actual fact its author is unknown, but is believed to have been written during the First World War.
It was first printed on the back of a depiction of St Francis of Assisi, but was not credited to him. Through this continued connection the notion grew that St Francis had written the lyrics.
Lord, make me an instrument of Your Peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
Seek to be consoled as to console,
Not so much to be understood as to understand,
Not so much to be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
It is in dying that we awake to eternal life.
Dear Father in heaven, thank You for empowering me to be a witness to my family, friends and colleagues. May my life radiate the love, peace and joy of my Saviour Jesus.