As we continued in the series regarding what it means to be in Christ, Pastor Jackson really brought it home for us as it relates to how we see ourselves in Christ. The context of the text suggests that at one point in the lives of the people of God, they were in bondage to the law and rules. It was that law and the fact that we could not keep the law that showed us our need for a Savior in Jesus Christ. The law was given to us to guide or to lead us to Jesus. The law could only condemn and never give life, but when Jesus came, He did what the law could never do which was giving us life through Jesus Christ. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He clothes us with His characteristics and values. No matter what type of character or value you were walking around wearing in this world, when you get placed in the body of Christ, God does a new work in you that will start to manifest on the outside of you. People will be able to say that brother or sister is really wearing that grace, mercy, forgiveness, humility, longsuffering, joy and peace and it looks good on them.
It is wonderful news to know that there is no distinction between those who are in Christ. I don’t care who you are, where you have been, what you are dealing with or even how long you have been dealing with it, in Christ there is neither, Jew or Gentile, slave or free. Nobody can claim spiritual superiority. From the big house down to the outhouse we are all in this love together in Christ. There is absolutely no room to compare and contrast one another in the body of Christ. I’m not the standard, but neither are you. God is the standard in which we should try to line up our lives. If we are not careful we can fall into the trap of the “not as bad as you syndrome” that seeks to determine how good you are based on somebody else’s lifestyle and not the word of God. If you are in Christ, we are all God’s children and because we are God’s children, we have access to some blessings that money can’t buy. We are His children and we don’t have to be jealous when another of God’s children get blessed because sooner or later it is going to be your time and your turn for God to bless you. So let’s start helping our brothers and sisters celebrate what God is doing in their lives and just know that the same God that knows how to bless them also knows how to bless you.