Prepare yourself to discern what is and what is not of God today. Still yourself so you can hear how God is calling you.
Galatians 3:23-29 (NRSV)
Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.
It is so hard to change. Recently I have been trying to establish a regular routine of movement in my life—thirty minutes every day. It doesn’t much matter what I do, just as long as I am doing something. You notice I say movement instead of exercise because it feels better when I call it that. One thing I am trying to make a habit is swimming laps. I know how good it feels to do it; I know it is good for my body and soul, but I still find myself making excuses for why I cannot go regularly. I haven’t made it a habit yet, but I am hopeful.
This passage speaks to us Christians. It says that we are not under the old law—an eye for an eye—but a new law—love God and love others. This new law says that because of Christ’s sacrifice for everyone, we are all God’s heirs. No exceptions!
But do we all live that way? Heck no. We want to divide ourselves into “us” and “them,” whatever division that may be at the time. Paul says there will not be—there CANNOT be—anymore such divisions. I wonder if the really “public” and famous (or infamous) Christians hear and remember this exhortation of Paul’s and have made it a habit in their lives. From where I stand, it doesn’t seem so. As Christians, we suffer because of it. Those who are non-Christians continue to say, “If that’s being a Christian, I don’t way any part of it.”
We are all guilty of being exclusive at times in our lives, and for that we have much to repent. Perhaps it is our task to be an example of how we are to treat all people. If we do this, it might just become a habit that will feel good to do and be good for us, body and soul.
O God, help us to be the example of your words “There is no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female,” and act as though we truly believe that we are all your children. Amen.
Go with God.