Monday, April 24, 2023

Galatians 3:28

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and fe- male, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Scripture Insights

I am always looking for two things when I engage Scripture: what the passage says about the heart of the Father, and how the Father’s heart informs my behavior as a child of God. Truth transforms our minds—therefore, my mouth, mood, and attitude as his child should also be transformed.

Paul breaks down some truth for the believers in Galatia because religious people were trying to assimilate the behavior of the new Jewish and non-Jewish believers. Ministry gets messy when we focus on power dynamics and hierarchal structures instead of seeking the heart of the Father. Paul is crystal clear that uniformity and cheap diversity are not the heart of the Father but rather deep unity, solidarity, and mutuality among his children.

It is easy to say we believe all people are created equal. The challenge is to live in unity. We are called to demonstrate by the way we behave toward every- one we meet the same measure of mutuality, solidarity, and concern for the sake of unity in Christ.

Today’s Prayer

As we seek you corporately and individually, reveal now your heart for your children, and helps us recognize anew that you have called us to unity because of Christ. Align our minds, mouths, moods, and attitudes.

Prayer Journal Reflections

Reflect on the unity of the church in Canada and the United States.

—Irene Lewis-Wimbley
Director, Southside Community Center

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