"For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he
is My brother and sister and mother."
Matthew 12:50 (NASB)
We love to be exclusive! When we belong and others do not belong, it somehow appeals to our sense of self-respect and self-worth. It seems to declare, "I may not be as important as they are, but I am more important than you are." Why is being more important than someone else considered by some as essential?
Biblical Christianity differs from most other religions and most human organizations in the way it includes rather than excludes. Its focus is on serving rather than bragging. It focuses on giving all in Christ the same sense of worth because all in Christ are members of Godís family. My approval means nothing. Godís acceptance means everything.
Once groups of Christians in Corinth felt quite superior to other Christians for numbers of reasons. One of the number of ways Paul addressed the problem was by asking these questions: "What do you have that you did not receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?" (1 Corinthians 4:7)
Does the Holy God provide us gifts through Jesus Christ? Does that include forgiveness? redemption? sanctification? righteousness before God? hope? If God gave it to us through Jesus Christ, why do we act like we are special instead of rightfully acting like God is special?
To whom does God make these incredible gifts available? Paul said of all and of himself: "It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all." 1 Timothy 1:15 (NASB)
Nobody grants equal opportunity as does God. Everyone can be a part of Godís family!
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