If you want to do the work of God, pay attention to people. Notice them. Especially the people nobody else notices. – John Ortberg, Love Beyond Reason
Have you ever heard a prayer that sounded more like a punch? Imagine this: Every morning, many Orthodox Jewish men would pray a prayer that went like this: "Bless me, God, that He did not make me a Gentile. Bless me, God, that He did not make me ignorant or a slave. Bless me, God, that He did not make me a woman."
Ouch. Three punches in a row: Racism. Elitism. Sexism.
Although Paul was probably raised on that prayer, he radically broke rank and wrote a new proclamation that conveyed the social dynamics of God's new Kingdom and His desire for the new body of Christ. It went like this:
"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).
It's a stunning reversal of the Jewish prayer, revealing a practical transformation in the way we can see:
- "You thank God I'm not a Gentile?" No! In Christ there's no longer Jew nor Gentile.
- "You thank God I'm not a slave?" Not anymore! In Christ there is neither slave nor free.
- "You thank God I'm not a woman?" Forget it! In Christ there are only co-heirs of the promise – for we are all one in Christ Jesus.
Jesus wants to change the way we see people – the way you see people. Are you willing to let Him give you new eyes today?
El Roi, God who Sees, I have imperfect vision and can often be caught looking at myself. I pray today for healing in the area of favoritism. Uproot this from my life. Give me Your eyes to see the way You see, so I can notice people that no one else notices. Please, reveal one person in need today, then speak to me about how to love that person. Amen.
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