Great Plains Daily Devotional for 10/4/2018

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Today's Lectionary Text

Galatians 3:23-29

Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

Today's Devotional

Clothed With Christ

It’s tempting for us to decide who’s “in” and who’s out in a community, isn’t it? There are some groups that it’s pretty cut and dried—you pay membership, are initiated, know the secret handshake: you’re in! But some communities aren’t so articulate about what makes someone belong or not. This is where the church at Galatia was when Paul wrote the letter to the Galatians. They were having trouble knowing whether their life as believers in Jesus also meant for them to live under the “law of Abraham.”

Paul teases out the difference between living justified under the law and living as people justified by faith. Being baptized into Christ was their initiation ceremony and means they are “clothed with Christ.”

What does it mean to be clothed with Christ? I imagine it as an “invisible uniform.” Uniforms authenticate someone in certain types of work—when someone comes to my door wearing a shirt bearing the name of the company he works for and has his name embroidered on the other side, I recognize him. He, a stranger, gains entry into my home when I know that the name on his shirt matches with the company I called for service.

“But how can an invisible uniform authentic someone? Isn’t the point of a uniform so that you can SEE that they look different?” Ah, yes! And I would maintain that I actually think that the uniform of being clothed in Christ IS visible. The way that we treat others, how our convictions are expressed, even if we demonstrate the Fruit of the Spirit, is our uniform. May the divisions of race, status, and gender be removed and may we remember that our baptism grants us the invisible uniform of Christ to do and to be his presence in the world around us.

God, we thank you for new life through our baptism. We pray that we might be “clothed with Christ” as we seek to remove those things that divide us and be united through your Spirit. It’s in Jesus name we pray, Amen.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Rev. Ashlee Alley Crawford

 

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