In continuing with the theme of God’s kingdom, it is here that we can live status-free.
The world jostles for position all the time. It starts in the family. There’s a favorite aunt, or a special cousin. There are the relatives nobody likes, and there are others that everybody adores.
Then there’s school. The cool, the popular, and the geeks.
College is no better. Ivy league vs. state universities. Private vs. community colleges. Yale sounds better than Berkeley, Stanford more elitist than Cal State.
Once you get into the work force, you quickly slam into the status levels there. It’s called management and labor. The two great divides.
The only place on earth where this isn’t true is in God’s kingdom. There we have one head – Jesus. The rest of us are all brothers and sisters. We came into the kingdom on the same playing field – through the cross. We stay in the kingdom through no merit of our own, but solely on the merits of Christ and what he has done for us.
There is no room for posturing, snobbery, or reputation.
But there is plenty of room for compassion, love and service to one another.
Next time you’re tempted to elevate or belittle yourself – both are sin – remember that your life is defined by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
He’s the ruler of the universe. You can rub shoulders with him!