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Day 19 | Evangelism & the “Person of Peace”
Today, we want to look at how Jesus empowered his disciples for the mission of proclaiming the gospel.
Luke 10:1–6 (ESV)
1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you.
When empowering his guys for gospel work, Jesus told them to look for a “son of peace,” or what we might call a “person of peace.” A Person of Peace is someone who is prepared to hear the message of the kingdom and the King. He is ready to receive what God will give you to say at that moment. There are times when we attempt to preach the gospel and it results in a fight from a person who isn’t willing to receive you or what you say. Jesus told his twelve apostles to walk away from these kind of people or cities:
Person of Peace = “someone who is prepared to hear the message of the kingdom and the King.”
Matthew 10:14–15 (ESV)
14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
A person of peace is someone who is ripe to the gospel. While they may not agree with our message, they are welcoming to us and still willing to hear what we have to say. Remembers, it’s the Holy Spirit’s job to make someone a person of peace, not ours (Acts 16:14).
Let’s look at how Paul found the “person of peace.”
In Acts 16, Paul found Lydia while he was preaching the gospel in Macedonia (Philippi). After her conversion they stayed in Philippi and Paul found a woman possessed by an evil spirit. This women would follow Paul and Silas as they did ministry, proclaiming that they were servants of God and could tell you how to be saved. Paul cast this spirit out of the girl, but it caused problems because her masters were using her to make a ton of money because the evil spirit allowed her to tell the future. This girl didn’t end up being a “person of peace” but when these masters had Paul and Silas thrown in prison, they found a “person of peace” in the Philippian jailer. After an earthquake that opened Paul’s shackles and cell door, the guard thought all the prisoners had escaped. He was going to take his own life, but Paul and Silas shouted, “We haven’t escaped” and the jailer asked, “What must I do to be saved?”
Finding the person of peace is about looking for open doors to the gospel that are less forced and more obviouse through the work of the Spirit.
Tomorrow we will look a bit deeper at how to identify people of peace in our lives. But today, as you go about your day, read, memorize and/or meditate on our gospel verse:
1 John 4:10
10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Propitiation is a big word that means that Jesus paid the penalty. Look for people of peace today and be led by the Holy Spirit to boldly proclaim all that God’s done in your life by removing the penalty for your sin.
If you wanna hear some more on this topic take a minute to watch this 3 minute video by Jo Saxton on “Why we should look for people of peace.”
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