Today’s verse for reflection: Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins (Acts 5:31;NKJV)

DAILY DEVOTION, July 8, 2021

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3: 28).

Our politicians talk about the need for unity in our country. Yet, I have never seen a country so divided politically. Our two major political parties have very different agendas making unity impossible.

Our verse speaks of spiritual unity. When we come to faith in Jesus, we join a worldwide family made of all kinds of people. Paul states that in Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave or free, male or female because Christ brings us into a united family. The name “Christian” obliterates all other distinctions regarding race or national origin. It does not matter what your skin color is or whether you are American or Chinese. Those who belong to Christ are members of the same family.

This verse causes us to engage in some introspection. Do you harbor any racial prejudice? If you do, you need to examine your faith. How can anyone be “in Christ” and hold to prejudice? We are all one people united in Christ. Often in filling out various forms which ask for one’s race, I want to say, “human.”

Some politicians are saying that all white people are guilty of “white supremacism.” I respond, “Not guilty.” No  Christian of any race can look upon any other as inferior. The only fundamental unity we will see is the unity created by faith in Jesus. If politicians want to see a united country, they need to place their faith in Jesus. Christless unity never works.

Father, I thank you for bringing me into your grand family made up of all races, languages, countries, etc. Help me see clearly that all humans are created in Your image, and that worldly difference disappears for those who trust in Jesus. In His name, I pray, amen. 

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