26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. – Galatians 3:26 – 29
This may seem a little strange appearing in a week where the theme is workers, masters and working hard for the Lord. It does, however, have an important relevance. This section of Galatians emphasises that, in Christ, there is a great equality among God’s people. All the social, ethnic and gender distinctions are overshadowed by Christ and we each become distinctly a child of God. Expressing that another way, the people of God are all sinners saved by grace.
That of course, does not mean that those distinctions no longer exist but they are not a driving factor in Christian thinking. It is not the fodder of anarchy (no authority) nor rebellion (rejecting authority) but like so much about Christian living it encourages a radical attitude the world does not understand. How does this apply to the world of workplace relationships? For the Christian, whether in a place of prominence or something lowlier, each is a child of God, a sinner saved by grace. Those in a lofty position must be humbled by the thought, and those in a lowly position must remember their dignity. For all, their status in the working world is one of humble dignity.
David Johnston – Creek Road Campus