There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 (NIV).
This is another of one of the more famous verses in the entire Bible; you’ve likely heard it before, even if you aren’t a follower of Jesus. Read it and re-read it several times. It means that Christ is the freedom, equality, peace, and everything else you’ve been looking for. You matter to Jesus.
This past Sunday, Pastor Anthony talked about awards shows, specifically the red carpet. Most folks I know (myself included) don’t care much for awards shows anymore, but we’re all star-struck (to some extent) by the red carpet. We like to see who’s walking it, maybe be on it ourselves. That red carpet isn’t always a celebrity thing, either. Awards at work; recognition for something you’ve done; just someone to notice you. We all want someone to notice us in some way. Yes, Jesus notices me, and I’m never alone. But sometimes I/we just want someone else to notice, to tell us that we’re important or we matter.
From now on, when those feelings of loneliness or envy start to creep in, I’m going to remember Galatians 3:28. I think this verse is quite comforting when someone is feeling unloved or unnoticed. Paul reminds us that, in Jesus’ house, there is no red carpet. There are no celebrities or ‘beautiful people’ or glitterati. There’s nobody who thinks they’re better than anyone else, and there’s nobody who feels alone. In Jesus’ house, everyone is one because of Jesus.
Jesus lives matter.
In Jesus, you and I matter, you and I are significant, you and I are loved. Sure, there are people who do more or say more or use their opportunities more than I do. But Jesus doesn’t love them more because of that. He loves them because He’s Jesus and, to Him, they’re special. Just like you. Just like me. To Jesus, we matter. The proof happened on the cross. Look at the holes where the nails were. Look at Jesus’ hands where the holes still are. He hung there, died there, rose from there because we matter to Him.
God, who created each of us, who made us male and female, who sees us as Jew or Gentile, or slave or free, He loves us each enough to provide everything for us, to send His Son to die and rise for us, to send His Spirit to us to give our lives meaning and purpose. Because we matter. Because Jesus matters. Because we matter to Jesus.
For further reading: Genesis 1:27, Genesis 5:2, Joel 2:29, John 10:17, John 17:11, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 2:14-15, Colossians 3:11, Galatians 3:29
Lord, bless You for loving me. Thank You. Your love is more than I can imagine or repay or hold on to. So I’ll share it.
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