26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Faith is the defining factor to be called children of God. By faith we are baptized, and by faith we put on the character of Christ, what Paul calls being clothed with Christ. The wonderful thing about these clothes is that anyone can put them on. They will fit you, no matter your station in life, or age or size or color preferences. These clothes will fit both guys and girls, young and old, because we are all joined as one in Jesus Christ.
These are wonderful words, even if they are words that we cannot fully embrace in our present day. We put too great an emphasis on our works, as if that will set us at the head of the line into heaven. We judge some works as greater than others, or one who does them as better than someone else who is less flamboyant, less in your face.
Paul says, listen, hear it again. It’s not about the works. It’s not about justifying ourselves according to what we do. God has already granted us the privilege of being called a child of God, and it’s by faith, not by works. Jesus did it for us, and he did it on the cross.
Dear God, we give you this day, because it is your gift to us. Bless whatever good we can do, but even more, bless us in faith to grow deeper in trusting you. You have called us your children by faith in Jesus Christ, not because of anything we could do. Help us live up to that privilege, in Jesus Christ our savior. Amen.