Are you a part of the family?

There is a powerful drive in all of us to find a place where we belong. People do all kinds of crazy things to get initiated into clubs, fraternities, gangs, etc. They want a place where they are accepted. They are willing to do much to be accepted. Many people no longer have a traditional home where they are loved and accepted. Sadly, less people can really say from their hearts that "There’s no place like home." As Christians, we have a hope. Our home is not of this world. No matter what our family background, social status, or nationality, we have a place in Christ.

Colossians 3:11 says, "Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all." In Paul’s letter to the Colosians, he makes this powerful statement. He clarifies a principle very clearly. He says that a person’s culture does not matter, their religious background does not matter, and their ethnic background has no relevance. He even says that it does not matter if you are a servant or a master. All are equal in Christ.

If we continue reading Colossians, we find several commands. Verse 12 and 13 tells us to be merciful, kind, humble, meek, longsuffering, and forbearing (to encourage and build up one another). Then the verse says specifically, "If any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye." So in short, God wants His family to get along. But more than this, He wants us to care for each with self-sacrificing love.

Are you searching for a place to belong? Look to Christ. Ask Him to save you and forgive your sins. He can give you a home that this world never could. Have you found Christ to be your refuge and strength? Look for others you can build up. You should never look at others the way the world looks at them. Don’t judge people by their background, race, gender, or social status. Ask God to help you see others as He sees them: as the valuable creation He died for.

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." – Galatians 3:28