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For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone.

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.    Romans 14:7-8

belong – I am chosen and have place in God’s household

How did the first exercise go last month – meditating regularly on the truth that you are beloved of God? It is a daily exercise and at times a battle to refute the lies, accusations, and condemnation from the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Yet, a battle well worth the fight, especially when you can trust Holy Spirit to empower you toward victory.

“I am first-loved, chosen by God. I am fearfully and wonderfully made, His masterpiece, created to be loved by God.” Continue this meditation, as we now add a second piece: you belong.

Belong means you are treasured… that there is One who is always happy to be with you, delighted to be with you, in fact promises to always be with you.

“You did not choose Me but I chose you…” (John 15:16)

Just what are you chosen for? First of all, you are chosen to be with Him. You have been separated from the domain of darkness (Colossians 1:13-14) and brought into the household of God – as a son, as a daughter of God (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6). As God’s child, you forever belong to Him. Never again are you on your own. Never will you be abandoned. Never forgotten. In you, God takes great delight.

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

You belong to Him, and you have a people – the body of Christ – in whom you have a myriad of brothers and sisters with whom you love and live out this life for the sake of those who do not yet know Jesus!

As always, God is after His family – to find them and declare to them they are His beloved, that they belong – and He chooses to do this good news work through, you guessed it, you and me. Who better to relate the great news of being loved and belonging, than those who are currently living in such wonderful and glorious light.

Every Sunday, we are given the opportunity to practice being loved and belonging as we love and welcome others – especially those who are new and visiting. We get to put on display in our lives the love with which we have first been loved, and welcome others into the same family into which we have been welcomed.

We have a plaque that hangs over the door of our home as we head out that reads:

Live in such a way that those who know you but don’t know God will come to know God because they know you.

May you live out who you are – beloved and belonging – to those around you today, so they will come to know the God who first loves them and who has prepared a place for them in His household.

Pastor Jon