If you have your bible open it to Galatians, Chapter 3 verses 26-29. If you don’t have your bible handy, I’ve recorded it below since it is only 3 verses (but 3 powerful ones) 🙂
“For you are ALL sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male or female; for you are all ONE in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Lesson’s from today scripture:
- Back in this day and time some Jewish males greeted each new day by praying, “Lord, I thank you that I am not a Gentile, a slave, or a woman.” Now you understand why the teaching of Jesus was so offensive to them when he taught that “This salvation – this free gift – it’s for EVERYONE”. As a side note from my study bible: The role of women was actually enhanced by Christianity.
- Faith in Christ transcends all of our differences in race, economics, whether we’re male or female … We are all one “United Body of Christ” when we are baptized into Christ. It doesn’t matter how the world has viewed you, what matters (and sure makes me wanna shout!) Is that God sees us all the same. His children. Sons, daughters and heirs to the Kingdom!!
- We need to be careful not to impose distinctions among believers that God has removed. A believer in a 3rd world country is just as much an heir to the Kingdom as a believer in a mansion. Because we are his heirs, no one is more privileged than, or superior to anyone else. The ground is level at the cross!
- It’s natural to feel uncomfortable around people who are different than us, and to gravitate toward those who are similar. (Want a good example – take a family reunion. How often do you see relatives that see each other often sitting together vs. mingling with those they don’t know as well? You’ll watch for this next time now that I’ve pointed it out. LOL!) It’s OK that we are all different – as long as we don’t let our differences separate us from our fellow believers. Make it a point to reach out and appreciate people who may have a different background than you and your friends. You may find you actually have a lot in common with them. Our Faith and Hope in Jesus is always common ground to any believer.
- One thing I enjoyed doing when I went to a larger church a few years ago was to “seat hop”. I so enjoyed meeting new people each week and was encouraged by each new person I met. I challenge you to try it! (I say this with all love – and it’s going to resonate with some of you out there – there are no “assigned seats” in church. If someone is sitting in the seat you normally sit in, smile graciously and say “Hello” and sit somewhere else.) 🙂
- The original promise to Abraham was intended for the WHOLE WORLD, not just Abraham’s physical descendants. All believers in Christ participate in this promise and are blessed as children of Abraham. That is a promise you can take to the bank!
Happy Thursday Friends! May you be blessed today!
**Some notes taken from the Life Application Study Bible