I have reflected a lot lately on the book of Galatians….There is one verse in particular that I have reflected on, which I think is the real key to understanding not only the book of Galations, but is the key to understanding much of Paul’s writings.
That verse is about how there is neither nation, gender, societal class distinctions in Christ. Over in New Leaven T.C.R has reflected
So when I come to a text like Galatians 5:13, which deals with the freedom to serve one another through love, in a context about walking and being led by the Spirit—I’m forced to conclude that what we have received from the Spirit, namely the Spirit-imparted gifts, we must use to “serve one another through love.”
It’s exciting to reflect about the freedom of equality that God has granted us through making no distinction as to who or how he gifts people in light of class, gender, or nationality and age. Truly it reflects the nature of the priesthood of all believers and I believe it is worthwhile my repeating a comment I made about the use of spiritual gifts
It’s never about moving God into certain signs and wonders.
Rather its about allowing the community the freedom for all to exercise their gifts for God to grant the community faith to exercise the communal gifts.
It saddens me when I read about or see any organisation within society not allowing the freedom for any to exercise their gifts through gender, class, age or nationality restraint.
How can we preach freedom if we do not practice it?