There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus - Galatians 3:28
An enduring symbol of the Cold War between the Western and Eastern bloc was the Berlin Wall. The start of the construction of the Berlin Wall began on August 13th, 1961. The wall completely cut off (by land) West Berlin from East Germany. The fall of the Berlin Wall began the evening of November 9th, 1989 and continued over the following days and weeks. The East German military officially began dismantling the wall on June 13th, 1990. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on October 3rd, 1990.
What walls do we need to break down in our lives? Is there someone at our place of employment that we need to reach out to? How about our own family members? Breaking down the walls that may have built up between family members would be a great place to start.
I can personally attest to breaking down the walls and meeting people where they are. My wife's family and mine are totally different, color aside. Whereas my family is more reserved, hers is a little more boisterous. I grew up in a city, she grew up in a farming community. When I first starting coming around, I intentionally isolated myself from them because they were different. They were not like me. As a result, I choose to do things by myself when we visited them or vice versa. In all honesty, the public library became a source of comfort during the early years of our relationship. I would go to the library and check out a book every time that we made a trip to Illinois or they would come to visit us. As I started to grow as a Christian (I'm still growing by the way), I knew that I had to change. I started to incorporate myself in the family events and participate. Over time, I realized that in order to have a change on others, you have to meet them where they are. I knew that things had changed when we sat down as family to eat at a local restaurant. I always prayed over my food silently before eating. This time however, I noticed that the rest of the extended family hadn't starting eating. Everyone looked to me and I asked if something was wrong. They said no, they were waiting for me to pray so that everyone could start eating.
As the scripture above states, we are all one in Christ. The apostle Paul wanted the readers to know that we are all on the same level regardless of our "position" here in the world. We are all sinners and we are all saved by grace. We will all get to enjoy the same benefits that come from knowing and serving Jesus Christ.
ACTION PLAN: Take time to think about someone that you have built up a wall against that you need to start to break down. Pray for guidance and wisdom needed to start that process.
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Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.