Skin Deep: Skin In The Game- Monday
"For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us."
When I was a kid, there was stretch of road in our town that was lined with a high, metal barrier. The road would slowly lead up a hill and I always thought that when I got to the top of the hill, I’d get a height advantage large enough to see over the barrier. Unfortunately, the higher the hill got the higher the barrier got and my little self never was able to see what magic lay next to a busy stretch of highway.
Lately, it feels like my life has a lot of those high barriers built up in it. I’ve got barriers between me and people in my community and barriers between me and the Lord. I keep thinking that someday I’ll get to the top of a hill - I’ll have learned enough or read enough or even just lived enough life to be able to see on the other side of these barriers. But that’s not true. The barriers are getting higher and the only person who can help me see the other side is Jesus. When it comes to barriers, Jesus doesn’t just gently lift us up so we can investigate the other side. Our Bible verse today says that Jesus is a barrier crusher; He completely breaks down the walls that separate us from God and from each other. He doesn’t just want to give us a peek to what’s beyond, He wants us to have free and clear access to a place that we’ve only ever imagined. This week in our time together, we’re going to look at the barrier that Jesus came to demolish and start moving on over to the other side!
- What barrier is standing between you and God or you and another person? Make a list and hold onto it for the week ahead!
- For more info on breaking down barriers in the church, check out Christena Cleveland’s book, Disunity in Christ.