Belonging to Christ

May 23, 2022

Romans 14.7-9

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. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

I am not my own,
but belong—

body and soul,
in life and in death—

to my faithful Saviour, Jesus Christ.

There is an end to so many things.  We might think that so much lasts forever.  There are things that we have known our whole lives and we might imagine that they will always continue.  We can look at kingdoms and empires and see that some have risen to power for many generations, yet they no longer hold any real power in the world today.  The city of Rome still exists, but the Roman Empire has been gone for over 1500 years.  The nation of Egypt exists today, but it is not the kingdom that ruled the region during the times of Joseph, Moses, or the kings of Israel.

There are a few things that last forever.  Here we see that one of those things that transcends time is our belonging to God in the grace of Jesus.  It never ends.  In both life and death.  We experience it in life now.  We see that God holds us as his all through our lives.  Yet we will experience it even beyond, although not fully comprehending what that means at this time.  We will see it however, here we can have certainty. 

We can say and know that we belong now and forever because it is not out of our doing that we came to belong and it is not out of our doing that we continue to belong.  That would bring uncertainty as we are imperfect people.  It comes out of Christ’s living and dying (and then living again); it comes out of what Christ does for us and what he gives to us.

We live in the certainty that we have life in Christ now and always as we are promised that we belong to God in his grace.  This is the hope that sustains us in our faith and life and gives us the ability and desire to live out of that faith and life we are given.  We belong to and with Christ in life and death.  We belong.

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Prayer

O God, as a mother comforts her children, you strengthen, sustain, and provide for us.  We come before you with gratitude for the gift of grace with which you surround all of us.  As a father cares for his children, so you continually look upon us with compassion and goodness.  Pour out your Spirit.  Enable your servants to abound in love, and establish our lives in holiness, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.