Always Belonging

May 27, 2022

Romans 8.14-17

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.  15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption as heirs.  And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  17 Now if we are children, then we are 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.

Because I belong to him,
Christ, by his Holy Spirit,
assures me of eternal life
and makes me wholeheartedly

willing and ready
from now on to live for him.

In elementary school my father would drop me off at school most days.  Each day he would tell me: “Remember who you are, and whose you are.”  I often thought of that as being the one who represented the family at the school.  It was my job to give people the best impression of what it was to be part of our family.  But it became more clear over that time that it was about something much more important than a family name.  It was about living up to the name that Christ puts on me.  Being one who was willing and ready to live for Christ.

In belonging to Christ in his grace I am a child of God.  This is the family name now put upon me.  Not with the pressure that I have to represent God as the last or only possibility for another to see God and his grace.  But with the confidence to live as part of that family of God where I belong.  It is the different picture of belonging we had as kids.  Trying to be the “bigger kid” because my dad is so important.  Not my dad can beat up your dad, but God our Father is the one who holds us up and watches over us in all of life.  God our Father is the giver and sustainer of life.  God our Father keeps us in his hands always.

We belong, and always belong, to the one who owns all of the universe.  We live as children of the King of all.  Not to lord it over others.  Only to serve and invite others to see and follow God in the grace of Jesus.  Inviting others to be able to receive adoption also.

SongWe Are Called

Prayer

O God of all creation, you alone are God.  And you alone can satisfy our longing for a support that earth cannot give and that heaven will not take away.  Help us, in recognition of our common dependence on you, to acknowledge our need of one another.  Let the oneness of our worship make us one in love and service.  Amen.