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Galatians 3:25-29 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian.26 You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 Now if you belong to Christ, then indeed you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise. 

Here is one of the things I love about the letter to the Galatians. In Christ everyone is equal. What an amazing thought. Those who do not have are equal with those who do have because of Christ. Those who are uneducated are equal with those who are educated because of Christ. Those who are ___(fill in the blank   are equal with those who are        (fill in the blank)   because of Christ.

When we are baptized into the faith, we have been clothed with Christ. What does this mean to be clothed in Christ? Colossians chapter 3 gives a good definition of this. 12 Therefore, as God’s choice, holy and loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Be tolerant with each other and, if someone has a complaint against anyone, forgive each other. As the Lord forgave you, so also forgive each other.”  And because we have been clothed in Christ, we are reminded we are children of God along with the people we may not like or agree with.

Another thing that I find amazing, again, is that when we are baptized into the faith, we join all of the other believers through history, even down to Abraham and Noah! We are part of a huge family of God. We do not always get along with our own family members but we can still love them and do what we are able to to guide them in their life and faith.

Let’s see this verse again (which also appears in Colossians 3): There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female; Aggie or Longhorn; black or white; purple or gold; American or (other country), for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 

God’s family is bigger than we sometimes want to think about. But we are free to live as a family, especially as a family of God.

#LiveFreeInChrist

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Ryan Stratton

Ryan Stratton is a pastor in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He serves with his wife, Amanda, along with their children. He writes about life, faith, and leadership through his blog.

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