There are lots of important questions. Who are we? Why are we here? How did this happen? All of those are vital, and our answers say a lot about what’s going to happen next. At the end of the day, though, it’s that next part that matters the most. Past a certain point, how and why are less important than so what. What are we going to do with what we’ve been given? We’ve seen all kinds of changes; how can we be the change for somebody else?
There’s nothing wrong with personal desire. A lot of people come to church because they’re looking for physical healing, personal reconciliation, and so on. What Jesus taught, what we’re still talking about now, will absolutely solve those problems and bring revolutionary results. But those aren’t miracles. Those are byproducts.
The miracle isn’t when we agree with God and decide we’re worthy of growth. The miracle isn’t when we take that agreement to heart and have an experience of transformation. It’s not a miracle until we do something about it. It’s great that there’s water in the reservoir. It’s great that your house’s pipes are connected to that source. But you can’t wash the dishes until you turn the faucet.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9, NASB)
If we are to experience our inheritance as children of God, if the family resemblance is to show in our lives, we have to carry inner peace into outer action. Make peace.
There’s nothing particularly spiritual about holding still in the face of injustice or dysfunction. Make peace.
The world is waiting for your kindness, your love, your fearless mercy. Make peace.
You are the miracle that you’ve been waiting for. Make peace.