Friday, August 29, 2008

Labeled in His Blood

Galatians 3:26-29, NIV Reader's Version
You are all children of God by believing in Christ Jesus. All of you who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ as if he were your clothes. There is no Jew or Greek. There is no slave or free person. There is no male or female. Because you belong to Christ Jesus, you are all one. You who belong to Christ are Abraham's seed. You will receive what God has promised

Tonight, as I was reading Galatians 3, these verses took on a new meaning to me. I suppose that I had just never thought about it before, so it had no meaning to me at all. But tonight, as I was reading, it hit me: It doesn't matter. It doesn't where you've come from. It doesn't matter what your background is. It doesn't matter how horrible of a sinner you are or how long you walked in the world. It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor. It doesn't matter if you're well-educated or have barely been to school. It doesn't matter if you come from a broken home or an orphanage or a loving family. It doesn't matter if you are man or woman. It doesn't matter if you're young or old. It doesn't matter if you've done drugs, drank, smoked, had pre-marital/ extra-marital sex, murdered people, had an abortion, gone through a divorce, etc. It doesn't matter.

The only thing that matters is JESUS CHRIST. And if we belong to Him, then that is ALL that matters. His blood has covered ALL of our sins. His blood takes our dirty past and washes us clean with a new life. When we come to Jesus, we are all the same. We're just sinners in need of a Saviour. When we accept Jesus we are no longer branded with labels according to our sins, but we are covered in His blood and it labels us not as a sinner, but as God's son or daughter.

And I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty amazing.
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