Angela LaVallie is the Member Connection Program Director at The Church of the Resurrection. She provides oversight to our member connection efforts through the Connection Point, the Weekday Hospitality Team, Coffee With the Pastors, the New Member Team and our Spiritual Gifts Placement Team.
Today’s passage tells us that “In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it […] Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”
When this was written, the Lord’s temple was seen as the dwelling place of God. It was the most holy place. To say that people will exalt the mountain of the temple and will stream to it is to say they will be going to God. People will be following God and doing his will, which will lead to peace amongst the nations.
As followers of God through Christ, it is our responsibility—our privilege—to do his will and to do all that is in our power to bring about peace, starting with those around us. If we start to live in peace and love with our literal neighbors, we can then work toward living in peace with our global neighbors. With today’s technology, our world is growing smaller, and we have access to so much information about the world and the people around us. When we learn about the way people live around the world and see others as humans and as children of God, instead of a group who are so different from us, it can make it easier to truly desire the peace that Isaiah writes about in today’s passage.
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