30 May You are valuable to God
We live in an age where the differences between people have become exaggerated. Accompanied by this it becomes a competition of who is better than whom; who wins; who is in charge. Being different is not the problem. Different is not wrong. Often our differences are complementary and our variety brings flavour to life. But assigning different VALUE to different groups of people, that is a problem. Saying ‘we are better than you lot’ – that is a problem.
Galatians 3:26-28 (NLT)
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Let’s look at the three categories listed in here:
- Jew or Gentile
This indicates different ethnic or cultural groups. If we accept that humans were created by God in His image, we realise that all human life is valuable, no matter its variety of expressions. Even more so when we come together as God’s born-again children in His church. As members of Christ’s body we are of equal value despite coming from different people groups or ‘races’.
- Slave or free
Slave or free speaks of economic standing. In Christ we are on the same footing before the cross – whether you are a CEO or a gardener. Wherever you are on the career ladder, we all have the same Master and that is God (Ephesians 6:9).
- Male or female
Men and women are created with the same inherent dignity and worth. Both carry the likeness of God and are called to take charge over the earth in partnership with one another. Furthermore, in God’s grace, His plan of salvation, there is equality. Both men and women followed Christ during His earthly ministry. And the Holy Spirit was poured out on male and female alike on the day of Pentecost (Acts 1-2).
Even though we as people are different in our biological and psychological make-up, we have the same intrinsic value. It is our very differences that make us helpful to one another because we can complement one another. May the Lord help us to see ourselves AND each other through His eyes of love and acceptance – all of equal value.