Sledge Hammer Ministry —  August 21, 2012

Devotional for today: Sledge Hammer Ministry

Colossians 3:11 “In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.”

Jesus came to earth with a sledge hammer, to destroy man-built separations that disconnected us from each other. This passage lists 4 of those:

1. Racial differences-   I’m a Christian first, a Cuban second. I am proud of my heritage, but I don’t let it cloud my perception of other races. The world is already to divided by race and caste, for us Christians to go with the world’s flow is not only tragic, it’s unbiblical.

2. Religious practices differences- Meat eaters. Ovolactoe-vegetarian. Vegetarians. Vegans. Raw. Air eaters. We are different in some styles and preferences, but that should not divide us. Complementation instead of competition. Compassion instead of criticism.

3. Cultural differences- Some wear their culture on their sleeve and would like for everyone to adapt their cultural norm as a biblical standard. Please don’t.

4. Status differences- Slaves had it the worse. They had no rights. For Paul to put them in the same level as free people, would have been shocking to the early church. But Paul was bold. He believed what Ellen White stated: “The secret of unity is found in the equality of believers”.

Conclusion? Go get yourself a sledge hammer.

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