What is the Person of Peace? – part 6

Your people group information is the most important part of forming a plan to discover the man of peace. If you don’t know which towns the people group lives in, you wont know where to look for the man of peace. Once you know the towns names you will be traveling in, you are ready to begin looking for the man of peace.

3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. 5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. 8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you.

Luke 10:3-8 (NIV)

Jesus gives instructions on how we are to finish his great commission if only we will look closer and think about how this applies in the real world. There is someone who promotes peace in a town. You may enter a number of towns and are not welcomed. In the previous chapter, Jesus talks about this.

3 He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 5 If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.

Luke 9:3-6 (NIV)

They set out going from village to village proclaiming the good news and sometimes they were welcomed, sometimes not. If you are welcomed those are people who promote peace and live in a house. This is the person of peace you are looking for. This person welcomes you and is peacful. They are also letting you into their house. In many rural areas that are poorer the only thing they have to offer you is food and drink. Just accept what they offer and eat or drink it.

This person of peace lives in a certain house in a certian village and is the point where you would return or where the future field missionaries can return. If you have walked through several towns to find this person you had better remember where they live and what their name is. The next time someone is coming in the area they will have a reason to be there.

I have been back a second time to totally unreached people groups and when asked by others what I was doing in the middle of nowhere, I will tell them I am going to a certian town to visit a certain person. If the new field missionaries coming to me need to get into that area I will give them the information so they too can look for that person.

I could go into great detail but it is pretty much this simple. Jesus told us how to do it. It is not a manual or program or formula. You will never know how to do this untill you experience it. In the next article, I will talk about some things to get you prepared so that you are able to actually find this person of peace.

The person of peace is probably the future Cristian

The person of peace promotes peace and welcomed you and this is a good indicator that he or she will be open to listen to you or the future missionaries.

I was talking to a disciple today about a couple that went into a remote area about six years ago. He told me that the missionary does not like to leave the person of peace. He said that the last time they came out of the village was for his wife to have a baby. When they got back to the village the person of peace was no longer welcoming them. If you go into a house say peace to this house. Just do it, even if you don’t understand why. Maybe one day you will understand, maybe you wont. But if you do, the peace of Christ rests on that house. Stay in that house, dont move around from house to house. Why, who cares why, these are the instructions of the Messiah and we just do them.

Once this door is open to you, stay there and eat that they give you. You are working to build the Kingdom of God and God has made this person peacful before you arrived and so you are worthy to be paid in food by this person. If this is the person who will be the future Christian that will be the beginning of the local body and possibly where the future Christians will meet. It dosent matter if this house is where they meet. If persecution comes on his or her house, you can always move to another. This is one great advantage of not building church building. The other advantage is that when that house fills up, you can always split the group of Christians up meeting in someone elses house, now that they are the new persons of peace. They might live in anohter town and now you are seeing the Kingdom extending farther into the darkness.

There are some stories about these persons of peace in the section on Christs missiology. See if you can find them.

Summary about the person of peace

  • God is working in them already; they are promoters of peace
  • Once you are led to them, they welcome you
  • Say “peace to this house” when you enter
  • They welcome you into their home
  • You can stay there for a while
  • They will take care of your food and drink
  • They are probably the future Christians
  • You need to get their name
  • You need to remember which town they live in
  • You can probably come back to them
  • If you start to disciple them stay until they come to Christ
  • Don’t move around from house to house

Every culture and place is different, and the experiences you will have differe from town to town and person to person. It might help you to tell you all the details about my experiences and it may hinder you.

You need to learn the area you work in and learn what to do and not to do. I will add a few things here. If you are a man, it will probably be more culturally acceptable if you talk to men. Be careful talking to women or even paying attention to them untill you learn the cultural norms. You could close the door on your opportunity by smiling and looking at the women. Remember that your person of peace is from a different culture. Don’t go on and on about yourself. You are there to get to know them. They are more important than you are. You are redeemed, they are not yet. If they ask you about yourself, tell them but quickly turn the conversation back to them. You don’t know how long your door of opportunity will stay open with them.