Ephesians Week 4, Day 5

Ephesians 2:11-22

Christ came to save the whole world not just a select group of people. He brought the Jews and Gentiles together and formed a single family with Christ as the “cornerstone.”

Have you ever been in a situation where you became very aware of your skin color or ethnicity?  As if you were the only one different, and that in turn made you feel like you did not belong?  In the classic Dr. Seuss children’s novel, “The Sneetches”, there are a group of characters who have stars on their bellies.  There are other Sneetches without stars and thus there was a dividing line.  The star bellied Sneetches were seen as more elite and more desired.  The characters go back and forth paying a man to add stars and remove stars on their bellies. By the end of the story both sets of characters erase the dividing line and no one is seen as less or excluded.

“The Sneetches” is a powerful story about discrimination and dividing lines.  In the story the characters simply “wizen up” but in real life, it was Jesus who erased the dividing line.  None of us are foreigners or lower class in His Kingdom.  Despite what you’ve gone through or what you’ve been told, you, exactly as you are, are invited into God’s Kingdom and seen as first class.

Jennifer Hong

About Jennifer Hong

Jennifer Hong served as the Intern Coordinator for Spiritual Formation from 2012-2013. Isaac Watson currently serves as the intern responsible for small group ministry. Emmanuel Jean-Pierre and Kong Hang are both serving as interns with Spiritual Formation with the PAVE program.
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