“And realize what this really means- we have the privilege of worshiping the Lord our God. For He is our Creator and we belong to Him. We are the people of His pleasure.” Psalm 100:3
As humans we have a basic fundamental need to belong. We all desire a place where we can be our true selves and still be unconditionally loved and accepted. Perhaps we’ve experienced a complete sense of belonging in our homes, families, friendships, or churches. However, far too many of us have heard the enemy of our souls whisper, “you don’t belong” and believed the lie. We’ve wrestled with feeling like we are too much or not enough. We’ve battled feeling alone, insignificant and unwanted. We have
wondered if our mistakes disqualify us and if our weaknesses define us.
Let’s be encouraged today by the beautiful truth of the living, active Word of God. “But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over these people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
Beloved, we do belong.
We belong to Him.
1 Corinthians 6:20 says, “You were God’s expensive purchase, paid for with tears of blood, so by all means, then, use your body to bring glory to God.” We were ransomed because we were wanted by the God of the universe. He didn’t require us to change a single thing about ourselves before crossing the divide, sacrificing His life, and inviting us to have an intimate relationship with Himself.
When we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior we are, then, adopted into the family of God as sons and daughters. We are certainly not outsiders. Romans 8:17 says, “Now if we are children, then heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.” As His child we dwell in His limitless love and live with unhindered access to His presence.
Furthermore, 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Have you forgotten that your body is now the sacred temple of the Spirit of Holiness, who lives in you? You don’t belong to yourself any longer.” In ancient times a seal was used to verify the authenticity of who sent a letter or signed a document. A king’s decree would have the king’s special stamp on it. If something belonged to a king it would have a royal seal. In the same manner, 2 Corinthians 1:22 proclaims, “He has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment of everything He will give us.” The Holy Spirit is our King’s seal. As believers we are eternally marked by God as His precious property.
May we remember, this week and always, that Jesus spent significant time throughout His earthly ministry reaching out to people who felt like they didn’t belong and offering them a place in His Kingdom; outcasts, lepers, tax collectors, and sinners were all offered a seat at His table.
We can rejoice in the promise found in John 10:27-28. Jesus declares, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.” The Gospel is good news! We belong to Him forevermore!