For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.Galatians 3:26-28
One element of being on a team that unifies the players is the uniform. Dressing alike helps to bond a team and unify them around a common belief; the belief that, as a team, they are winners!
When we come to Christ, we all put on the new clothes of belonging to Jesus Christ. There is no distinction regarding who is eligible for the uniform, no regard for culture, gender, race, economic status. Everyone has exactly the same access.
That is absolutely amazing to me. I don’t have to become anything or anyone else to be eligible. I am completely acceptable just as I am. God loves the differences we bring to the table. He loves what I bring to the table. He loves what you bring to the table.
It is when I understand that God loves me just as I am, that I am able to love God in return and then able to love others just as they are. Without knowing the love of God for myself, I won’t be able to love others.
Do you know that God loves you exactly like you are? From that place of knowing, are you able to deeply love yourself and others?