September 25

You Belong, Part 1

Ephesians 1:5 [God,] having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will….

Ephesians 2:19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.

Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Romans 12:5 …so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another

You’re not just you! You never were. You had parents—so you belong or belonged to some kind of biological family. Most of us have one sibling or more, which is a whole other kind of group to belong to. Most of us were part of classes, teams, or groups as we went through school, and many of us still are.

Yet there are forces working in society, culture and business that tend to isolate us. We’re told far too often to view ourselves as independent and separate. This can lead to feeling alone, or better or worse than those around us. In any event, we’re often left feeling disconnected and detached.

But we’re not alone. If we know Jesus, we are members of the most extraordinary group of people ever created—the family of God. How astonishing this group is—comprised of every kind of personality from every corner of the earth, bursting with all different manner of gifts and united by that most powerful of forces on the earth—the Spirit of God (Ephesians 4:3).

There are few things more spiritually exciting than running into another serious believer in an unexpected place or context. If ever we wondered about the spiritual unity we have with other believers, it’s moments like this that remind us of how powerful and joyful that connection can be.

Some people feel that the New Testament references to the church being like a family is a metaphor. Not true. We’re not “like” a family—we ARE a family! We are part of one another, and we belong together. The only difference is that Dad is perfect and He’s invisible! In fact, if we truly have been chosen by God since before the foundation of the earth (as His word says in Ephesians 1:4), then the idea of the church being a family actually preceded the creation of the first natural family!

Don’t believe the lies of the enemy. You are part of something great; you are part of the family of God. You belong—today, tomorrow and forever.

Prayer: Father, thank You for not just calling us to be a group of individuals, but to be a family. Help me to see it, and to receive it in the deepest part of my heart. Open my eyes to see spiritual connections I’ve missed before, and help me to enjoy the unity You’ve created.

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