We all want to BELONG. We want to belong to something bigger than ourselves where we are truly loved, deeply understood and fully accepted. We want to belong where we are sincerely respected and intimately known and, therefore, safe enough to be lovingly and truthfully corrected and guided. We want to belong where our mistakes and sins will be fully forgiven and never used against us. Yet, in all these ways, at some level, all people fail us. Families fail us. Friends fail us. The Faithful fail us. We fail all others and ourselves.
This sense of true belonging – of being truly, perfectly, completely LOVED – is offered only from our Eternal Abba, who has compellingly revealed His unfailing, incomprehensible love for us through the sacrifice and resurrection of His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ – to whom, by faith, we belong forever!
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name! [Now that’s belonging!] I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that you, being rooted and established in love [belonging in God’s Love!], may have power, together with all the saints [all our brothers and sisters in Christ], to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:14-19
Our Holy Abba, our Eternal Father has claimed us fully as His own through the sacrifice of His Beloved Son Jesus. We belong to God. We belong to each other. We are God’s chosen and outrageously loved children. Loved with a love that is wider, longer, higher, deeper and more powerful than we will ever fully grasp on this side of Heaven!
May each of us choose to trust and live in these freeing and empowering truths: That we are unfailingly loved by our God! That we belong, now and forever, to God’s family! And because of these transforming truths, may each of us choose to actively and intentionally offer Christ’s love more fully, more quickly, more compassionately and more mercifully to all those around us. All those precious ones who desperately desire to BELONG and BE LOVED. Just like us.