Galatians 3:26-29 (NIV)

26 You are all sons of God1 through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ2 have clothed yourselves with Christ.3 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free,4 male nor female,5 for you are all one in Christ Jesus.6 29 If you belong to Christ,7 then you are Abraham’s seed,8 and heirs9 according to the promise.10

Mark 10:15 (NIV)

15 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”1                            

DEVOTION – Jeff Abram (Florida)

When my son began second grade, he was assigned to a teacher of a different race than ours.  After he had been in class for a few days, I asked him what he thought of his teacher; he simply told me that she was nice.  Deciding to delve into tis little further, I asked him what she looked like.  He didn’t answer by telling me her race; he didn’t even tell me if she was tall or short, thin or heavy, blond or brunette.  All he said was, “She’s pretty.”

From that conversation, it was apparent to e that my son showed no prejudice, and I became more aware of my own prejudices.  Prejudice is learned over time, and I began to pray that my son would not learn it from me.

Nearly 40 years have passed since that day.  My son now has a successful career with a multinational corporation and deals with people of different races and cultures every day.  I am proud of him.  In asking for God’s help in raising my son, not only did God help me to overcome much of my own prejudice; but also I learned what the Lord meant when he talked about receiving the kingdom of God like a little child.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God blesses those who seek the kingdom of heaven like a child.

PRAYER: Dear God, help us to see all people as your children, focusing on the content of their character, and cherishing our differences.  Amen.