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October 18

Galatians 3:27-29

27 For those of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ.28 There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female; since you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise. — Galatians 3:27-29

We Are All ONE

by Jill VanAusdall
Brentwood Campus

Do you remember your years in high school? You had the cool kids, the jocks, the nerds, the mean, the sweet, and even those who could care less what category they were placed in—and that actually placed them in a category. That was such a difficult period. So much time and energy was spent trying to get into your desired category, and once there, being the best in said category plus working to stay there. Whew, that makes me tired thinking about it! Thankfully, that period is over...or is it?

When I read Galatians 3:27-29, it brought back those memories of limitation. Before Jesus came, the law was the way to keep us accountable for our actions. Unfortunately, being the fleshly humans we all are, the law mainly monitored our bad behavior and administered our punishment.

Gratefully, Jesus came and died on the cross for all our sins, past, present, and future. We are no longer stuck in that category. Instead, we are free from the limitations we place on ourselves and the others around us because God loves us all equally and redeems us equally. We are now all ONE in Christ Jesus! There is, however, a hitch to truly feel this freedom: you must accept the gift Jesus extends to everyone, the gift of redemption from sin and salvation.

Now, this is where it gets so good—there are no more categories or labels! No Jews or Greeks, no slaves or free people, no men or women—only believers. You can now look at every believer around you as your equal, your brother and your sister in Christ. And you can be a good steward of your time, showing everyone you meet the love of Jesus and sharing with them this fantastic news. We are to be His horizontal missionaries every day.

Praxis

1. Do you truly believe you and others around you are free from categories and labels?
2. Are you being a good steward of your time?
3. Are you taking the opportunity daily to share the amazing news of Jesus and redemption?
4. When was the last time you called or messaged an old friend from high school to share the freedom you now have from labels and categories?