I heard a Pastor (Judah Smith) say tonight, “I think the message of Jesus is that you belong, well before you believe or behave.” I thought that was so powerful! He desired us, loved us, and died for us long before we ever believed or came into being..And it wasn’t reliant upon our perfection or belief. He loved us beyond our imperfections, and disbelief.
Even if the world doesn’t value us, He does, and always has. We may not feel like we fit in, like no matter what we do or where we go, what tactics we try, or what pretty masks we put on, that we just don’t belong anywhere. But the good news is, Jesus has noticed you. And not only has He noticed you, He has called you “son”, or “daughter”. He has taken ownership of you, and wants to be close to you.
When the world seems to have thrown you away, take heart, He has never, and will never, throw you away. He desires you beyond anything you could dare dream or imagine. Rest in that knowledge today.
Today’s devo selection:
Acceptance – Belonging – Family
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal. 3:26-28, TNIV)
Isn’t it exciting that to belong in God’s family, we are accepted unconditionally! He knows we can never ever measure up to what is required to belong. SO, He did it all for us! He wanted us in His family so much, that He came to Earth to pay the penalty of my/your sin! Nothing is required to “belong” except to realize our desperate need. Now, you and I both know who we are and what we’ve done in this life. Can you even begin to comprehend that He would want you/me with Him so badly that He would go through all that??!! My mind simply cannot stop marveling at such LOVE.
Because of HIM you and I are accepted. If you ever feel alone because of people who make demand after demand, and if Jesus is your Lord and Savior…HOLD FAST to this wondrous FACT: You BELONG to Him! People’s opinions fade in comparison.
– Linda Coulter