I think God gave it to us, the desire to belong to something or someone or a plural of someones.
Even at fifty-one there is a little girl in me who wants to belong. I’m also acutely aware of others who want to belong. Maybe it’s that longing in me that can pinpoint it in someone else. Sometimes I’m good at trying to include that person. Sometimes, not so much. I’ve been on both sides of the inclusion line–just saying.
I was one of the kids never picked to be on a team. The last team to choose was always blessed with me. 🙂
Have you stood in a room full of people knowing you didn’t belong? It’s an awful feeling–that is, if you want to be apart of that social setting. It’s awkward until you make some sort of connection with someone in the room.
Even church can be that way, can’t it? But it shouldn’t be.Knowing to whom we belong is paramount to our identity, and this affects how we live. Click To Tweet
We belong to God. We belong to Christ. And we belong to the body of Christ. How does that change the way we live, think, and love? Let’s study these seven scriptures on belonging to help us better understand who and whose we are.
Monday: Romans 1:5-7 Through Him and on behalf of His name, we received grace and apostleship to call all those among the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. 6 And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. 7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.…
Tuesday: Romans 7:4: So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.
Wednesday: John 15:19: 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
Thursday: 1 Thess. 5:5: You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
Friday: 1 John 3: 18,19: Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence:
Saturday: Romans 14:8: If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Sunday: Romans 12:5: . . . so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
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Did you know that . . .
” . . . you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.” ? (Romans 1:6).
The call is an invitation.
Have you sent your RSVP?
Taken His hand?
Sat down at the table with Him?
He knows what rejection feels like.
Yet Jesus walked in great confidence of who He was and Whose He was.
Oh my friends, I hope we do, and that after this week of studying these verses, we’ll have a better Idea of how that changes things . . . changes us.
Living Fully Belonging,
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