Galatians 3:28-29. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s see, and heir according to the promise.”
Have you ever wondered how hard it was for Paul to grasp this truth that he so eloquently expressed? He was, after all, a Hebrew of the Hebrews. By his own admission, he believed himself to be above the Gentiles. Men were of more importance than women (except, of course, for the one woman who would bear the Messiah!). Free men were of more value than slaves. At least, that’s what he believed before he met Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus. His whole world was turned upside down and inside out, and his thinking was rearranged when he came face to face with Jesus Christ.
Believers have no business holding themselves or anyone else as being of more worth or value than anyone else. Jesus died for all mankind. He didn’t separate out people by gender, race, or color. His blood avails for every man, every woman, who ever walked the face of this weary earth.
As believers, we are one with Christ, and one with each other. No matter how many more join the ranks of the redeemed, still the Body of Christ is One. Sometimes I’m afraid we forget, in the midst of all the turmoil in our country and our world, that when one believer is persecuted, jailed, beaten, or killed, the whole body is affected.
And when one more lost soul comes to Christ and joins the body of believers, the whole body is affected.
Later on today, around 8 p.m., I’ll be aboard a plane with seven other team members. We’ll be flying to Slovakia, where we’ll spend about a week helping a new church work there. We’ll be sharing in some physical labor, and we’ll also be involved in church services and a three-day conference involving other churches in the area. I’m very excited to be a part of this team, and I would ask you to pray for us. Pray for unity with each other; pray for wisdom; pray for physical health and well-being; pray that the Word of God will be shared with as many people as possible.
I wish Terry could come, but that’s just not possible right now. So pray for him, too, as he faces over a week without me 🙂 I am going to try to blog about the trip as it unfolds, but I’m not sure about the availability of wifi, so if you don’t see any new postings until I get back home, you’ll understand why.
I’ll be 68 years old on Saturday, the Fourth, the day we’ll be landing in Budapest and getting into vans for the drive to our final destination. That’s a pretty cool way to celebrate 🙂