Sharers of the Promise

Ben Aguilera

Read: Ephesians 3:1-13

The Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body. (v. 6)

One night after church I walked outside and was greeted by a man pushing a grocery cart. In the cart, he seemed to have all of his belongings. I gave him the “head nod” (in San Bernardino, California, this is the proper greeting) and we began a conversation about our families and life.

We had a great conversation that we both seemed to thoroughly enjoy. Somewhere in the middle of our talk, he began to tell me about his relationship with Christ and some of his favorite stories in the Bible. As he welcomed me into his life in such a rich way, I began to sweat and my heart sank. The whole time I talked to him, I thought that he obviously needed Jesus, or else he would have never been in the situation he was in.

Not only was I wrong, but I found myself needing to ask him for his forgiveness. I had failed to see who he was created to reflect. Paul was encouraging the church of Ephesus to view everyone as members of the body of Christ, not just the Jewish people, but the Gentiles, too. We all have our preconceived notions based on the way someone is dressed, the cars they drive, or the house they live in. Paul calls us to look beyond our prejudices and stereotypes, and see them for who they are, “partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus” (v. 6). —Ben Aguilera

Prayer: Lord, reveal anything in my heart that gives me a negative view of my neighbor. Amen.