But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.
It seems that we live in a world of labels. We are always trying to differentiate ourselves from one another for various reasons. Sometimes this differentiation is important because it calls attention to an inequality while other times it is used to create homogeneous groups of exclusion. Paul reminds us that in Christ Jesus we are neither Jew nor Greek, but we are simply children. Not adults who know what is best all the time, but children who seek to learn more and more about God. One of the greatest gifts we receive is found in the label “child of God”. Being labelled a child of God gives us power to see beyond the other labels of our world and straight to the common thread in the fabric of humanity which is as God who loves us. Perhaps we can look out on the world seeing one another as children on a journey versus all the other labels that seek to destroy our relationship with each other and God.