There have been a lot of benefit concerts lately for all kinds of causes. They all have the same theme, “We are in this together.” I get what they are saying, but it seems strange to say it to people who are secluded in their homes. Yeah, we are all going through it, but we aren’t together. That is what makes the church unique. We have the Holy Spirit to unite us and that happens because we are all one in Christ. The world doesn’t have that.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Consecrated Unto the Lord
The first-century church was revolutionary for its time. To accept everyone as equal was unheard of and didn’t put it on the favorite lists of many in government. Paul wanted the church to know how God looked at His children through the work of His Son Jesus Christ. To be consecrated to Christ means to be set apart for His service, and that entails that you look and act differently than the rest of the world. Don’t strive to look like everyone else, but let the Holy Spirit conform you to the image of Jesus.
When we follow Jesus, our whole nature is changed. We are no longer identified by our ancestry or by our economic status but by the blood of Jesus Christ. That’s all that matters in God’s eyes. Our boasting should be in what Jesus has done for us, not in our culture or position on the corporate ladder. There is also one other key area. Paul says, “There is neither… male or female.” That doesn’t blur the gender line but instead elevated to women as equals in the church. Up until that point, women were considered second class citizens and property of their father or husband.
We Are All One in Christ
We are all one in Christ. He is our bond and strength. Nothing can tear the church apart because He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world. If you are feeling isolated and in need of the community of the church, I want to encourage you that you are part of something powerful that God is doing. Keep your eyes focused on Him and watch as He works in your, your local church, and throughout the world.