For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Written by: Ian Rock
We’re hardwired to notice what sets things apart. By simply looking at the shape, color, or texture of a specific fruit, we’re able to identify which one it is. Similarly, defining characteristics like height, hair color, skin tone, and weight are all things we commonly use to describe those around us. Those uniquenesses are powerful, as they point to the creativity and diversity of a God who created us in His image. However, for far too long, it’s been a common practice to judge, typecast, and discriminate others based on those characteristics.
This was true in the time the Bible was written, and it was common belief that your bloodline and heritage would determine whether or not you had the ability to experience God’s love, grace, and salvation. This, just like the prejudices that the world has experienced for generations since, is wildly inaccurate. In today’s passage, Paul sets the record straight. No matter who you are, what you’ve done, or what’s been done to you, God loves you, and has made a way for you in and through the person of Jesus. No matter your skin tone or body type, everyone matters to Jesus.
Following Jesus means taking on the attitudes and posture in which He used to approach humanity. The Christian life is simply summarized as loving God and loving other people. Notice there isn’t a qualifier on the second part of that statement—we are called to love others the way Jesus does, regardless of their race, political affiliation, and past or present life choices. A judgemental mindset reveals our insecurities, and oftentimes our own disbelief that God could love us as we are.
Thought of the day: Are there any areas in your life that are marked by prejudice or bias? What steps could you take to be more like Jesus in the way you love and serve all people?
Prayer: God, reveal the areas of my heart where I have bias and prejudice. Thank You for loving me just as I am, and give me the courage and confidence to love all others the same way.