“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”
In God’s eyes His Church is a community of His people in which every individual stands as equal in His love. The distinctions of the world which separate and segregate people are of no account. Racial, social and sexual differences become of no significance. All His children have equal access to Him through Jesus Christ.
Although in this life some of these differences are visible – men are men and women are women – they are not to be considered as conferring on the one more value or significance than the other. That immediately becomes a challenge to us in terms of our attitudes towards others – particularly those of different social standing and nationalities.
This equality is conferred upon us by God at our conversion when He adopts us as His sons and daughters – giving us a new identity. If this is the way in which He sees us then two consequences become clear. The first is that I must not look upon myself as having less value and standing in God’s eyes than anyone else. The second is that if God sees all His adopted children in this way then I have no right or reason to look down on, or reject, any one of them. He loves them as much as He loves me.
God loves … (them) … as much as He loves me
Father, thank You that I am not the outsider in Your family. Please help me not to treat anyone else as if they are. Amen.