March 3: Equal Opportunity and Responsibility

Read Galatians 3:23-4:31

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  (Gal. 3:28)

There have been over the last 200 years, when there were certain advantages or disadvantages to being any one of those mentioned in the verse cited above.  Imagine what it must have been like to have been a Jew in Europe during the time of the holocaust?  How did a slave feel during the days prior to the Civil War?  And, what about women at times when they could not vote or hold the same jobs or earn the same wage as a man?  Thankfully, the implications of being born into a specific religious background, race, or gender are no longer as far reaching as they once were.  Those lines of distinction fall by the wayside.

In similar manner, God eliminates any advantage/disadvantage for all who come to faith in Jesus.  There are not different requirements for becoming His children depending on factors like these.   For all, there is but one pathway that leads to adoption as His child.  And that one path is personal faith in Jesus.

Even though God called out a people of promise in the Old Testament, even their role was to attract the surrounding nations to the One true God.  And all who come to Christ today are children of the heavenly Jerusalem (4:25, 26) and children of promise (4:28).

Even though God had given His law, it was to serve as a temporary guardian that would point people towards their need for a Savior (3:23-25).  Now that Christ has come, and once we express faith in Him, we are no longer bound by the law.

Do you recognize the equality represented in the body of Christ?  The poorest woman in a staunch Muslim culture and the richest man with the huge corner office both have access to God.  And both must come the same way…through humble, repentant faith in Jesus.  Make sure that you express honor to all children of God.  Make sure that you recognize that every person must hear the same gospel message.

sbk

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I am a follower of Jesus. I've been blessed with 33+ years of marriage to my best friend, Celeste. We have two adult sons, two daughters-in-law, a daughter in high school, and two grandsons. I am part of an awesome family of God: Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio. www.woostergrace.org
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