June 26, 2022 | Doug Sauder
Watch our most recent mid-week message here.
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized 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. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”—Galatians 3:26–29 (NIV)
My friends and fellow Christ followers, “In Christ Jesus you are all children of God.” Let that sink in. But listen, it’s even more than an adoption.
When we receive Jesus, we’re born into God’s family as a natural-born child, a true heir, bound by blood . . . Jesus’ blood! Romans 8:17 (NIV, emphasis added) says, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.”
The apostle is saying that God loves us so much that He sent Jesus so we could be part of His family as His natural-born children. Because of this, our human divisions mean nothing. Male or female, Jew or Gentile, black or white, Republican or Democrat, rich or poor, powerful or oppressed . . . none of this should matter between brothers and sisters.
As a family, the way the world tries to categorize and segregate us should have no bearing on the way we view our own standing with God or on the way we view anyone else. In Christ, we’re one family, we share one blood, and we’re equal partners in the promise!
Sadly, the enemy has deceived people into believing that earthly differences can make one person superior to another. This is not true. My skin tone, salary, country of birth, political affiliation, favorite sports teams, dietary choices, educational level, music preferences, etc. do not matter to God. The reality is we’re all made in the image and likeness of God, we’re all fallen creatures who are sinners by nature, and we’re all in need of a Savior in order to have right standing with God and see His image and likeness fully restored in us.
And as we see in Titus 3:5–7 (ESV, emphasis added), we have just that, because “he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
I pray we never let human divisions come between us as brothers and sisters in Christ, and I pray it will never prevent us from loving and sharing the gospel with someone who God wants to bring into His family. I pray this gospel unity would permeate our lives as individuals and as the Church so we can walk together as those who belong together!
Pause: What does it mean to be clothed in Christ?
Practice: Prejudice impacts all of us and continues to ruin the lives of many people. There are people around the world who are oppressed, alienated, mistreated, and hated simply because they are different in some way that, in the grand scheme of both eternity and earthly life, truly doesn’t matter. Pray for those who feel the pain of prejudice today. Pray the Lord eradicates any trace of prejudice in your heart. Pray He would use you to help bring about healing and unity both in the body of Christ and in the world as His messenger of reconciliation.
Pray: Father, I pray today for unity within the body of Christ. I pray we may remember that we are Yours, that we belong to You and to one another, and that we would look to the interests of others and walk in humility as we put on Christ! And I pray we would remember and experience fully “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity” (Psalm 133:1 NIV). Amen.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.