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YOUNITED Day 4

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Scripture: Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Devotional: Have you ever really thought deeply about what it means to be one in Christ Jesus?  This passage seems to suggest no differentiation, no labels apply when you belong to Jesus and are part of the family of God.  Oneness suggests unity.  Not uniformity, but unity. 

Unity means you can look different, think different, have different values and beliefs, but are brought together by one common belief.  And in Christ Jesus, that belief is in the Son. 

In John 17:20-21 we see Jesus’ prayer for His disciples and for us as His followers: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,  that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

Did you catch that?  Jesus is praying that we are one, just as He and the Father are one,  so that the world may believe that God sent His Son Jesus.  Our unity, more than any other thing, displays the truth of salvation through Jesus Christ to a lost world. 

Our unity, our love and care for one another, our standing up for one another – all these things put God’s glory on display so many will believe.  There’s a lot at stake here.  Where we once were divided, now we are brought together for the sake of the Gospel.  That’s the beauty of it.

So how are you doing at living it out?

Reflect:

  • As you think about your own life, how are you living out unity with your brothers and sisters that look differently than you?

YOUNITED Day 3

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Scripture: Genesis 4:7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.

Devotional: In this week’s Sunday message we learned that racism is a sin issue, not a skin issue.  God gave this warning in Genesis 4 to Cain shortly before he killed his brother Abel.  Cain had not done what is right, and rather than take responsibility for that, he allowed his sin to multiply, eventually taking him over, and causing him to murder his own brother.

Cain began to see his brother as his enemy, not as one who was created and loved by God.  He began to see him as a threat to his acceptance by God – a threat that must be eliminated.  Cain and Abel’s story show the downward spiral of unchecked sin in our lives.  It leads to hatred. And hatred leads us to do unimaginable things.

Why do you think racism is at odds with God’s ways? Because God is love, and racism is hate.  It may not feel or look like hate in every form, but the seed of it is the absence of love, which eventually turns into hate.

Reflect:

  • Examine your own life. In what areas of your life might sin be crouching at your door, desiring to have you? 

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