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Day 5: Search for the Person of Peace (read Luke 10)

Filed under: Pray & Fast,Prayer and Fast 2013 — Pastor David Jan 10, 2013 @ 11:24 pm

The secret locked up in these verses is what unleashed the early church, allowing them to reach so many in such a short amount of time. This chapter is regarded by scholars as the chapter that became the plan used when entering new territory and expanding God’s kingdom.

The secret was rediscovered just a few years ago by a missionary church planter. He had been successful and planted many churches in different parts of the world, so it was decided that they send him to Buddha’s home town where a church had never been planted. For a few years he gave it all he had with no success. Discouraged he contemplated giving up. But then he prayed, “Lord the answers are here in this Book. Show me what to do.” For the next six months he did nothing but read the Bible. He came to Luke 10 and his eyes were opened to “the man of peace” concept.

What is a man or woman of peace?  It is someone who has an ability to include and welcome others into their life. They have a natural ability to connect with others and bridge relationships.  People are drawn to and feel accepted and  welcomed around them.

Next, they have responsiveness to spiritual things. They are willing to talk about the Bible, God, and their own need for Him.  Throughout the gospel accounts we are able to see these special people. Luke 10 records the first person of peace when Martha welcomes Jesus into her house. This opened up the village of Bethany!  That’s what these kinds of people do, they create greater and more opportunites for the greater!  Another person of peace was Legion. As shocking as this is, the reality is that this demon possessed man responded and opened his heart to Christ.  He later, as a believer, opened up the entire Decapolis area.  We can also see that the Samaritan woman was another person who opened up a whole city. Later in Acts we see Cornelius, Lydia, the Philippian jailer, and Aquila and Priscilla…the list goes on!

My last insight into a person of peace is that they are those who encourage and build an environment of trust. People relax and settle in and are usually  willing to share very intimately with them. They are trusted. This is a crucial quality. People do not open up and share real stories if they do not trust their audience.   Take our Connect Groups, the “I will” statements or applications to personal lives will never be deep and transformational if the audience (in this case the small group) is not trusted.  People will not be free to give or to unselfishly serve others if they do not trust the one encouraging them to get involved. Trust opens hearts and hands! Trust built within a group will also create the freedom to invite others to come as well!  Trust is what creates opportunities for many kinds of new relationships and opportunities to share the Gospel.

How do we find these people of peace? Prayer is where we start! Pray for laborers and pray for persons of peace. They will be the ones who tend to have a lot of friends or influence in their community. They may be well liked or very important to the world they work in, like a baseball coach in the community, or snack shack mom, a boss at the local deli, or even the mailman, etc… They can use their influence to open or even to close opportunities. This is the secret of why Jesus said for us to find this person and work with them and through them! They can be seen to be used to open up the hardest to reach areas of the world.

This is what the missionary I spoke about earlier found out. He went on to plant thousands of house churches in the area where there had never been a church. The same idea has been used all over India, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, and other nations with incredible success!

What will God do here through our wise use of this insight Jesus taught? May our prayers open our eyes to see these precious people and connect with them. And may they then come with you to church or join a Bible study, or join us in building strong and thriving connect groups which… is ultimately building… the kingdom of God!

 

4 Comments »

  1. I appreciate in Luke verse 7…that the men Jesus sent out were instructed to “remain” in the same house, and not go house to house. Having the “eyes to see” the man/woman of peace is important but “remaining/staying” involved in their life for the sake of building the relationship of trust is vital!….The reason Prayer must be in place…for I can not “see” nor “remain” if I am not abiding/connecting to Christ.

    Comment by val valverde — Jan 11, 2013 @ 7:15 am

  2. Today I begin praying for and looking for a person of peace.
    This week of prayer & fasting has been a delight and also a time of learning.
    I have learned:

    that to be fully connected to God I must be fully surrendered.

    that training someone to be stronger and growing in their faith in the Lord so they can bear fruit and more fruit is the key to multipication of the Kingdom.
    that I connect to God through caregiving, fellowshiping and Nature.
    that I must be deliberit about discipling others, so they in turn can disciple others,etc, ect. Multiply, Multiply.
    My obedience to God’s Word and prayer is the key that unlocks my intimate relationship with Jesus.

    Thank you Paster for the training and encouagement that you give us.

    Comment by merry — Jan 11, 2013 @ 7:36 am

  3. Thank you Pastor Dave for guiding us during this week of praying and fasting. Consequently, several things have grabbed my attention and will require even more prayer and contemplation. It also amazes me, how Satan has been active this week, as well. I’m pressing on and striving to abide in Him. Thank you for your devotion to the Lord, which continually encourages me.

    Comment by Dawn Mader — Jan 11, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

  4. Appreciated all you poured into these messages. I looked forward to the daily reading of the many insights the Lord gave you. I love prayer and fasting week. Always, without fail, many issues are brought to my attention so I can work on and through them. Thank you!

    Comment by Debby — Jan 11, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

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