For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise. Gal. 3:28-29 NASB
I belong to Christ, and so I am His heir. That is rather mind-boggling, to think of being an heir to the God of the Universe. And I’m not the only one. There’s a whole passel of us, and this verse puts us all in the same family – Abraham’s descendants. It points out that no matter our nationalities, occupations or genders, we are all siblings. We belong to Christ – and to each other.
The past few months, this reality has been so vivid to me. At the end of June, a church in Oklahoma called my husband as pastor. They didn’t know us, really. Oh, they interviewed us. The listened to my husband preach. But basically, we were strangers.
Only they haven’t treated us that way. They’ve treated us like family. Over a dozen of them volunteered to drive Texas to help us paint and repair our house so we could put it on the market in top shape. A couple of deacons surprised me the next weekend by showing up at my door with big machinery they use in their business. They just up and landscaped my front yard for me – bushes, decorative rocks, the whole nine yards. When they were done, the place was so cute that the first people to tour it offered us a contract. We close today. Why? Because my new family helped me.
And moving day? A whole different group of heirs from our new church drove down with borrowed trucks and trailers. They hefted my boxes and hauled my furniture across the state line. Once I arrived, still different siblings brought me dinner every night. They’ve gone out of their way to invite my children to activities and introduce them to other kids their age so they wouldn’t feel lost their first day of school. That was yesterday. And I got several texts from heirs telling me they were praying it would go smoothly, and it did.
I feel like I came home, even though I’ve never lived here before. The reason is tucked in this verse: We are all one in Christ.
Thank you, Jesus, that I belong to you and your other children.