All Are One
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28, NASB)
While I am a Caucasian man married to an African American woman, I can honestly say that I do not see color or race. I see people who possess different shapes, sizes, customs, traditions, habits, and languages. I see men and women, young and old, with a common human experience. When you peel away our outer skin and look inside, we are all the same. We talk, laugh, cry, love, work, struggle and hope for a better life.
Paul reminds us that as Christians we are all one in Christ. Through faith we are all the same – cherished Sons and Daughters of God. We must learn to see fellow Christians as family members in the body of Christ. It’s time to understand we are all on the same journey.
Why do we compare, evaluate and judge? Why do we criticize and condemn? Why do we act as if we are better than our neighbor? At times, we have all: (1) been prideful, rebellious, and disobedient (2) chosen to go our own way (3) pretended we did not hear God calling or argued with God (4) acted like spoiled two-year old children (5) been selfish and self-centered (6) failed to remember when God made a way when we were in a ditch (7) felt fear, doubt and unbelief (8) cried out to God, grown tired of waiting and resorted to self-effort.
Child of God, I praise God every day that Jesus died on the cross so we can have a new life filled with God’s love, mercy and grace. The blood of Jesus reconciled all of us to Him. His blood washed all of us clean from the filth and stench of sin. By faith in Jesus, we have all received gifts of mercy and grace. I am filled with joy that I can look at others, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and say, “We are all one in Him.”
Lord, thank you for your life-changing mercy and grace. Jesus, I give you praise that I am one with you and with every other believer. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.