Read Colossians 3
Sometimes we form an opinion about a circumstance, or a person, after just a glance. In many ways, we are conditioned to make quick decisions. We spend our days making decisions and judgments about one thing or another.
We can do this with people too. We look at someone’s clothes, car or home and draw opinions. We look at the color of someone’s skin, their religion, their nationality, and draw an opinion… without any knowledge of them at all.
Paul references this in Colossians 3. It is within a larger discussion of who we are in Christ, and how we should follow Christ. He tells us to put off our old attitudes, thoughts and actions, and put on the “new man”: new attitudes, thoughts and actions. He encourages us to live to honor the image of God, in whom we were created.
In verse 11, Paul makes a profound statement. He says that within Christ, in this image of God, there is no Gentile or Jew. He challenges us to live in such a way that we look and act in a way that makes us more like Christ, and view others in that light.
Lord, help us to see others in light of the gospel of Christ and in light of your image. Help us to not view others in light of economic status, race, religion, or anything else, besides who they are in You.
— Brian Gann