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Daily reading: Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29
Wednesday May 31, 2017

Galatians 3:23-28
23 Before faith came, we were guarded under the Law, locked up until faith that was coming would be revealed, 24 so that the Law became our custodian until Christ so that we might be made righteous by faith.

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.

The foundational question before us is, “is the purpose of church to get people to be more like us?”  Paul’s response is no.  As a law abiding Jew that has come to follow Christ, he has seen the  movement of the Holy Spirit among Gentiles that has convinced him that God’s welcome is much wider and inclusive than he had ever imagined it to be.

“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”

The challenge before us is to be open to seeing the presence of Christ in everyone.


Prayer: Gracious God, allow me to be open to your unconditional love.  May it fill me so that my life is altered and I am able to see the world through your grace filled lens.  May Christ be before me, behind me, to my right and left and be my guide today.  Amen.

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