Pondering for Saturday, May 28, 2022

Daily Office Readngs for Saturday of the 6th Week of Easter: Year 2

Morning, Psalm 87 and 90; Evening, Psalm 136;

Numbers 11:16 to 17 and 24 to 29; Ephesians 2:11 to 22; Matthew 7:28 to 8:4

“For through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.” (Ephesians 2:18)

For through our Lord Jesus, fake race groups like, blacks and whites, along with groups like men and women, gays and straights, rich and poor, nationals and foreigners, have access in one Spirit to the Creator of all life.

This access does not mean giving up “who” we are ( although it very well may mean giving up “what” we think we are).  We have a uniting Spirit through our Lord Jesus. “For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us” (Ephesians 2:14).  So we are one Spirit group. We look different, we sound different, and we enjoy different foods and music and so on. None of what we enjoy should be based on our skin color or hair texture.  We are free to seek our own joy.  We are all pulled together for living and loving each other, and our various cultures and lifestyles, through God.  For God is the One in whom we all live and move and have our being.

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone, In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.” (Ephesians 2: 19 – 22)

We are meant to approach one another knowing that we are already united by means of God’s Spirit.  It makes no difference about our language, skin color, religion, or place of origin.  We are all God’s people, we are all spiritual cousins. We should be behaving that way.

How then, or why then, should the people of God harm the people of God?  Except for self-defense, it is so anti- God to harm other human beings; especially for some senseless reason like the so called race differences, or nationality differences, or language differences.  There are no deep differences among us; black or white; Russian or Ukrainian; American or Mexican; Democrat or Republican; we are men and women of one species. All of our visual differences are insignificant “surface” differences.  We are one class of animal with one spirit which the Holy Creating Spirit of God imbedded in us. All of us are God’s special work and we should be thankful. “For through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.”

As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John

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