READ : Romans 15:1-7
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. (v. 7 NIV)
In the movie Sky High, a training school for young superheroes quickly divides the students into two categories: heroes and sidekicks. The heroes are revered and seen as the future saviors of the world, while the sidekicks have second-class status. As the movie progresses, danger is overcome only when the sidekicks come together and use their less-regarded powers for good. Ultimately, the heroes come to respect the sidekicks and see them as equals.
To accept others is to value them without precondition or expectation of change. No matter what differences, quirks, habits, appearances, or status, we are commanded to value all people. There is a place for everyone in God’s kingdom, as we are all differently gifted to serve the same God. As Paul points out, we must remember that we were also accepted just as we are by Christ. Such grace is the foundation for the way in which we must treat others.
In a world where people are valued based on performance, looks, and status, God receives glory when his children behave differently. By respecting and valuing each person equally, we validate God’s creative design for humanity.
God, thank you for each person’s uniqueness. Help me to accept others as you have accepted me. Amen.