So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:26-28 (NIV)
Read: Galatians 3
Consider: The longer I am a Christian, the more I am convinced that as a church we don’t take seriously many parts of Scripture. One such is the teaching that Paul reiterates in Galatians 3 – that we are all one in Christ. It seems as if we pay lip service to the fact that in Christ the differences we focus on don’t really matter.
Recently I witnessed an online discussion where it became obvious that the participants were putting forward why (in their opinion) denominations were so important. I find this kind of discussion difficult because while I have over the years been a member of various denominations, I have never felt the denomination itself was what I identified with. This has meant that in most of the churches I have attended, I have been comfortable in the company of Christians that grew up in many different denominations, but who found a home together where they could relate to each other. What I mean is that when a person understands what it means to be a Christian, that bond unites us much more than anything else.
Think about your Christian friends. Are they all from one denomination, or are they from many? What really unites you with them?
Pray: Father, forgive us for failing to fully understand the implications of what it means to be one in Christ. May our lives reflect the belief that because we are in Christ, other differentiators do not have any significance in your eyes. Amen