You might think that kids don’t understand class at that age, but we did. Human beings learn what separates them very quickly. Race, class, gender, interests, abilities all influence how we understand ourselves. As we learn who we are, we recognize who we are not. We stick with those who are like us and compete with those who are not.
Though this is common, it is far from ideal for Christians. God doesn’t call people to Himself and them divide them up based on their heritage or income. God calls people to Himself and unifies them around Himself. This unity ultimately frees Christians from the divisions and hostilities of life in a world of differences.
In Ephesians, Paul tells both Jew and Gentile that they are one in Jesus. Paul says, “For (Jesus) himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,” (2:14). Jesus brings together all who believe, regardless of their differences apart from Him.
As you go through the coming week, look for ways that Jesus is bringing different people together. Recognize what they all have in common in Jesus. As you do, you will see the incredible grace of God at work in all kinds of different people. You’ll also avoid the drama of recess warfare!