Many of us belong to one group or another. We belong to our families, or clubs, organizations, Churches and political parties. When we accepted JESUS into our hearts and made a point to follow after HIM, we joined a very large worldwide family, exclusive in the fact that all are sinners, all are welcome and all believe in ONE SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST. We are one in our belief and worship of the ONE who died a sinner’s death on the CROSS at Calvary.
None of this happens unless GOD chooses us first. HE is building this family and HIS Church. And because this is done by HIS Holy hands, none of us can take credit for this increasing family. GOD’S election process began with our forefather family of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…….
ROMANS 11: 28 “BUT AS REGARDS ELECTION, THEY ARE BELOVED FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR FOREFATHERS.”
YES, GOD has shown mercy to many groups, JEWS and GENTILES alike. We are HIS. We are and belong to HIM, to HIS family of believers. We might not feel like we belong anywhere in this difficult life…….we might feel we just don’t fit in. But there is ONE who very definitely wants us because HE wants our hearts to belong to HIM. JESUS pursues us with grace and draws us close, close only as a loving FATHER can be! HE calls us HIS own…….we belong to HIM.
JOHN 10: 4 “WHEN HE HAS BROUGHT OUT ALL HIS OWN, HE GOES BEFORE THEM, AND THE SHEEP FOLLOW HIM FOR THEY KNOW HIS VOICE.”
Sheep know their shepherd’s voice……and follow him like one big happy family. And because JESUS knows us, down to our core, HE draws us close and holds us with special care……. why?
BECAUSE WE BELONG TO HIM.
ACTS 3: 25 “AND IN YOUR OFFSPRING SHALL ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED.”
Consider yourself blessed today because the covenant promised Abraham was for all the families to come to GOD right up until today. The larger family of GOD includes every tribe, tongue and nation, all inclusive, because JESUS includes, never excluding a repentant sinner or one with a broken and contrite heart. All are welcome and come as you are! You don’t need to get cleaned up or do something special, just come on bended knee!
KNEES BELONG TO GOD.
When we believe with all heart, soul and mind, we belong and even in our unbelief and doubts, we still belong! JESUS remains steadfast and true to us, so don’t question, just believe…….. believe that you belong. And believe that you are in HIS hands and will not be snatched away.
JOHN 10: 29 “MY FATHER, WHO HAS GIVEN THEM TO ME, IS GREATER THAN ALL; AND NO ONE IS ABLE TO SNATCH THEM OUT OF MY FATHER’S HAND.”
So, be comforted……HE will never let you go my friends, because you absolutely belong to HIM!
1 CORINTHIANS 3: 23 “…….AND YOU BELONG TO CHRIST, AND CHRIST BELONGS TO GOD.”