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. Galatians 3:26-29, CEB
What I think about as I read these verses, and as I think about family, is unity. As we saw in John the Baptist’s speech a few days ago, we often have questions over what it means to be unified. It’s not our bloodlines that make us Abraham’s descendants or God’s children. Ethnicity does not inherently unify us. It’s faithful living. Commitment to living out a certain way of seeing. That’s where we find one-ness.
That’s what we’re shooting for. We’re working together, as a community, to live with a unified purpose. As individuals and as a group we want to live as God lived. We want to do the things John the Baptist encouraged: generosity, love, fairness, and satisfaction. These are the things that both lead us to get help when we need it (an act of both generosity and love) and to provide the help that others need (also generous, loving, and faithful). That’s unity.
It’s not easy to do. There’s a lot that comes with this desire to live out a common purpose. It requires a lot of dedication and practice. We’ll talk about some of these practices in a few days time.