Our scripture today is Galatians 3:23-29.
Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
Paul writes in this letter that in accepting Christ we have accepted responsibility for our faith. No longer can we rely on a long set of rules to decide for us, we are to use what Jesus taught us and act accordingly. This doesn’t mean we can make our own rules, just that He trusts us to choose in faith.
Paul emphasizes that now there is no difference in believers, that our race, social position or education have no bearing on our status as children of God. Our faith makes us equal, our faith makes us one. In this way we are called to use our individual gifts for the good of His kingdom.
Jesus said He came to fulfill the law, and through His teaching and example we can understand and apply those truths in our own lives. God’s Word is eternal, always applicable and always available to us through Scripture and prayer. Hear what He has said and make it part of what you do every day.
Loving Lord, we often seek our own ways instead of Yours, selfish in the things we do. Forgive us and write Your Word on our hearts that we may go to make disciples of all the world. Amen.