Al Jeter is the building supervisor at Calvary. He grew up at Calvary and is now a member at First Baptist Church of Laurel, Maryland.
In Matthew 10, verses 34-39, Jesus tells us that we will not have peace, as man defines it, here on earth rather the opposite. We will have hard times especially in our families because of his teaching—this also means our church family. The problem is that after we accept Jesus to be Savior and Lord he will change us in ways our friends and family may not accept as normal. They may think us self- righteous or arrogant because we hold to a higher standard than this world can understand or accept. When we become better people for Jesus it is easy for others to think we are looking down on them, but this could not be further from the truth. As we grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord we want to impart this to our friends and family so they to can live a new life with Jesus and experience his grace and love. This is where it can get hard because many people simply cannot accept that they are sinners in need of a Savior much less do they want or need a Lord. This is very alien today for us to submit willingly to anyone other than ourselves Our culture says you are the king of your own little world and you must not be subject to anyone and certainly not willingly. So where does this leave us. In John16 33 Jesus says in him we will have peace. This is peace of spirit, mind and heart while all around us the world rages, and many of those “in the world” come to church, and are family and friends. So let each one of us be sure of whose we are, so in the end we can say I have run the good race, I have fought the good fight and I have peace in Jesus.