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Identity in Christ

Identity in Christ
By Connor McDaniel

Almost every person in America carries a small plastic square in their pocket. This driver’s license may vary by state when it comes to looks, but there are a few things that are on every single one, like your name, a picture, eye color, birthday, and several other things. The things are meant to help you be identified as a person who can drive a car or help you should you be in an accident. There are all kinds of ID’s. Your parents may have one for where they work. You probably have one for school. I use mine at school to get food, pay for things, take my chapel attendance, and (thankfully) get discounts at some restaurants.

And especially now, there are a lot of groups of people that want others to identify with them. Around here, you see a lot of orange and white for the University of Tennessee. You may have a few shirts from your school. People group themselves together by what kind of car they drive, what kind of shows they like. Do you like reading or sports? Do you like to be outside or inside? We have all kinds of things that identify us and align us in certain ways. If you sit and think for a minute, you could probably think of a few groups that you identify with. These things lump us in with some and separate us from others.

This is why Galatians 3:28 is so amazing. Paul writes that “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” When it comes to our salvation, we are all the same. It doesn’t matter who likes what team or where someone lives or goes to school. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what color your skin is. Jesus has given us one thing that unites us despite our differences, and it is amazing to see all of those things put to the side. Especially as you get older and see more groups emerge in the world, groups based on politics and moral philosophies and things that you never knew you’d have to think about, it becomes especially important for us in the church to thank God He has taken that away. We should spend every day trying to introduce people to the God who can make them a person that doesn’t need everything in the world, they just need Him.