March 24
Seth Philbrick
Church of the Atonement
Silver Spring, Maryland

Galatians 3:25-29
But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you
are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ
have put on Christ. 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. And if you are Christ’s, then you
are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

America is known as a melting pot, and this is for good reason. It is a country made up of
people of different ethnicities and cultures from all over the world who have come to
seek freedom and liberty. Being American is not about your race, your ethnicity, your
religion, or even whether or not you were born here. I am no more American than the
neighbor down the street who just passed his naturalization exam.

But there is an even greater melting pot, one that is much older than America, and not
confined to the physical boundaries of a particular nation state. The Kingdom of God is
the original and greatest melting pot, where all we who become citizens do so by faith in
King Jesus who has made us the children of God and co-heirs of the promise God made
to Abraham. As Paul says in our passage, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is
neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” We
are all one in Christ who has made us sons and daughters of God. All we had with us
when we entered into the Kingdom was our sin, but it is Christ who has clothed us in his
righteousness. Therefore, there is no inequality or injustice in the Kingdom of God, only
freedom, unity, and eternal life in Christ. By faith in Christ every race, ethnicity, and
individual are made citizens of the beautifully multicultural Kingdom of God. It should be
our desire to see this displayed in our churches every Sunday morning.

Lord Jesus, by your Holy Spirit and through your word, grant us a heart and love for the
lost of every tribe, nation, and tongue.

Questions for Further Study
1. What does today’s passage teach us about the character of God?
2. What are some other passages of Scripture that also teach us this?
3. How does today’s passage and devotion lead you to pray? How does it lead you
to act?