In Paul’s earliest letter to the church at Galatia he says that persons are no longer slaves, who are forced to maintain God’s law. They are young children – valuable and unconditionally loved by God. And, for that reason, they are not bound by God’s law. But, due to the fact God loves them so deeply and they know this, they will obtain that they naturally want to do God’s will.
There’s clearly a big distinction involving getting someone’s slave and getting someone’s youngster.
We have been considering about this lately at a Church Holy ‘Away Morning’ on the Holy Spirit.
When we acquire the present of God’s Holy Spirit, points transform in our lives. And 1 of the most superb alterations we encounter is in our understanding of our identity.
We are no longer slaves
We are no longer, as Paul puts it, ‘enslaved to the elemental spirits of the planet,’ we are absolutely free. And, a lot more than that, we ‘receive adoption as children’ of God. Paul goes on. He says, ‘because you are young children, God has sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a youngster and, if a youngster, then also an heir.’
As we reflected on this collectively – that we are all sons and daughters of God, all heirs to his kingdom – it occurred to me that this also signifies we are brothers and sisters.
I looked about at the dozen or so persons with me in the space and believed of them really as my brothers and my sisters. And recognised the distinction it tends to make when we do this.
At some churches, members of the congregation address every other as ‘Brother John’ or ‘Sister Florence’ and I believe this is a genuinely excellent factor to do – regardless of whether we say the brother/sister portion out loud or just in our heads.
We are members of the similar family members
We are 1 family members in Christ, we are all young children of the similar heavenly Father, so let’s begin to act that way.
Treat your neighbour, treat the individual subsequent to you at church, as you would treat your biological brother or sister. Know their name, obtain out about their lives. Care about their lives, listen.
When we do this, we begin to see the persons about us as God sees them – as valuable and worthy of our unconditional adore.
And, as we do this, we are drawn closer collectively and encounter, as St Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians, ‘the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.’
Bringing healing and peace to our planet begins right here. It begins with recognising that we are all, each 1 of us, young children of God and members of the similar, and 1 and only, family members.