from the Galatians reading plan
Galatians 3:26-4:7 | Colossians 3:11 | Romans 8:14-17
Ancient Jewish males used to greet the day thanking God that they were not a Gentile, slave or woman. Paul reminds the Galatian church that, because we are redeemed in Christ, we are no longer slaves – we are adopted as God’s sons and daughters. We are heirs of the promise given to Abraham and, as heirs, we are all equal and all “one in Christ Jesus.”
Because we are adopted into God’s family, we are co-heirs with Christ and have the same access to God and His Spirit living inside us. In a culture that keeps finding new ways to divide people into us vs. them, this reminder is particularly relevant today. We may differ in our ideology, but we are united in our identity.
Have you experienced a time where you did not feel like you were “one” with other believers (Gal 3:28)? Why is unity in the church so important (see John 17:22-23)?
What walls stand in the way and keep us from being unified as believers? How can our unity in Christ break down walls without destroying our individual identity?
What is a step you can take this week to be more unified with other believers? Talk to God about it.