Colossians 3:11

Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is in all.

For all our racist, judgmental tendencies, none of them are justified or come from the Lord.

I feel especially, in this time of fear and division, that God does not allow His children to even begin to categorize people.

Whatever you may want for immigration policies or marriage rights, God calls us to see Christ in all!

Think about how all that energy we use, to argue with others about how our side is right, could be used to actually love someone. Instead of glorifying immigration reform policies, go and get to know immigrants. Serve them, love on them. Instead of chastising any LGBT person, meet them, hear their story.

Jesus never went to a sinner (prostitutes, the sexually immoral, thieves) and judged them or even argued with them about how wrong they were.

No, Jesus told them about something better.

The woman at the well could easily be comparable to anyone with a different sexual orientation and life style than you. Jesus did not point out her sin in a judgmental way or tell her she’s wrong or hope for a law to be implaced to punish her. Jesus told her a solution, that she could drink from a well and never become thirsty, that He was the answer.

The sexually immoral woman that people were going to stone, which was essentially their “law”, Jesus stopped. Jesus would rather forgive, love, and teach the gospel to someone than enforce the world’s law onto them.

Jesus is meant for everyone, but when we place people in boxes because of laws, policies, misconceptions, stereotypes, etc., we’ve already shown that person that we believe them to be unworthy and unequal to us. Remember Christ  is in all: Jew or Gentile, Mexican or Chinese, woman or man, straight or gay. We are taught to treat each equally and tell them all the gospel truth. Don’t spend your energy elsewhere.

Dear Younger Me… Scars to your Beautiful

Dear Younger Me,

You may find yourself without any attention from guys. You won’t get asked out on a date or even to all the dances that pop out throughout your life. Boys will not tell you you’re beautiful and they will rarely flirt with you. While your friends seem to have boyfriend after boyfriend, you may start to wonder, what’s wrong?

Do not associate any of those things with your worth. Trust me, You are beautiful and though a guy has not said so, some of them are thinking it and your beauty is not defined by others. There’s nothing wrong with you either. Society may tell you it’s weird that you haven’t dated, haven’t even had a first kiss, but it’s not!

God could be protecting you from heart break, temptations, so many unseen things. Trust Him. He’s in control of your love life, as much as anything else.

And hold out. Hold out for a good, kind, Godly, funny, handsome guy who likes you and shows you that. Be proud of yourself for waiting. Feel beautiful, sexy, exciting, fun, cool, and wonderful all on your own before you bring someone else into your life.

God says your worth it! So don’t doubt Him for one second!

In Chains for Christ

Philippians 1:13

As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.

Paul’s boast here, as always, is about his weakness. He’s in chains, imprisoned, and yet it’s  Christ’s will. So Praise the Lord!

I interpreted this verse for myself this morning, as in my failure, my weakness, even those are for Christ. I am a perfectionist, incredibly hard on myself wen I make mistakes, when I don’t stand out, when my pride is hurt, and my high expectations for myself are not met.

Therefore, it is such a different attitude to see my own failure and think, “This is also for Christ.” After all, the Lord can break those chains whenever He wants, so He must be leaving Paul in them for a reason. It’s the same for our failures and weaknesses. Christ uses them for His glory, so rather than feeling ashamed (v.20), we should trust and watch for God’s workings in the midst of it all.

We are human, so failure is inevitable. Our response to that failure is our choice though. We can respond with pride and hurt, or we can say, “I am in chains FOR CHRIST.”