All That Matters
Colossians 3:11 NLT
In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
In Colossians 3:11, Apostle Paul writes to Gentile church. The Gentile church consists of all kinds of people with Jews & Gentiles. When an apostle reaches a place, he tries to spread the Gospel only through the Jews to rest of the city.
Now as we are new and have a new relationship with God, it doesn’t really matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile. It was very hard for the first century church of Jews to accept this, because their ancestors were established to be fortunate than the Gentiles. The Jews had no associations with the Gentiles. Paul says, as you are in this new life which doesn’t make a difference of who you are.
Sometimes we concentrate on our external world of how we do things, how we appear. We tend to categorize people based on their outward appearances and their behavior. As we are living a new life with Christ, you being circumcised or uncircumcised does not matter.
Your backgrounds of being barbaric or being uncivilized is not the basis of your salvation. That does not determine your life ahead. When you are in the church, you being paid or paying someone, educated or illiterate doesn’t matter.
And the only thing that matters is Christ. When He comes to live within us, He does not check of any of these categories. When He does not distinguish, there should be no reason for us to do so.
In this new life, Christ is the only thing matters and that He lives within each one of us. When we understand that, we begin to establish the lifestyle to be one with each other. One thing that drives us away from each other is that we find differences between us.
Let us forget these differences and begin to recognise that Christ is all that matters.
The only reason we distance ourselves from people is when there is no Christ likeness in any aspect of their life.
The only thing that matters is Christ and that He lives within you.
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