Knowing Who We Belong To ~ blog
Before a child can go to kindergarten, they must know who they belong to. In other words, they must be able to say their parent(s) name and hopefully a phone number. This can be critical if there is an emergency and the parents need to be contacted.
At that age, a child should certainly know who their parents or guardians are. They know they are part of a family, have a place called home, and belong to a mom and dad, have siblings, and even maybe a pet turtle named Speedy. They are not just a person alone in the world with no place to belong or a family they feel connected to. Unfortunately, this is not true for many children around the world, but it should be.
In most cases, knowing you belong to and are part of a family helps a child have stability and to feel safe and secure. A place where they feel loved and adults there who care for their needs both physically, mentally, and emotionally. Some children are abandoned by their parent(s) because they cannot care for that child. The practice of that is called Baby Dumping. Many end up in the Foster Care system or are adopted.
I believe it is critical that every born-again Christian believer knows who they belong to. We all belong to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Our relationship with them is safe and secure because God has everything we can ever need and promises to take care of us.
Here are some passages that teach us to whom we belong;
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” Ephesians 1:4-6
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” Ephesians 1:7-8 (The word redeemed means to be purchased with a transfer of ownership.)
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”
Seriously, I could go on with hundreds of other verses that teach us the same thing. God loves us. God has adopted us. God has paid for all our sins and owns us. God has made our bodies a temple for the Spirit. Nothing and nobody can end this eternal relationship.
It is critical for us to know this because as we enter the school of life and find many dangerous and destructive things we must face it will be important that you know God is your Father, Jesus is your Savior and Lord, and The Spirit is with you…always, 24/7/365.
Those of us who have gotten entangled by the sin that so easily entangles us … sexual sin, it feels like we have been abandoned into a dark place. We hear lies that our Father has abandoned us. We have sinned for too long. We have broken too many promises. We believe the impossible idea that God has unfulfilled expectations. We think God’s patience has ended and we have been rejected.
Listen, it is impossible for God to have unfilled expectations. He knows everything. He has always known everything. He knew what kind of person you would become and every sin you would ever commit … and He has chosen to love you, die for you, pay for all your sins and has permanently adopted you into His family.
In His prayer in John 17 Jesus prays something regarding his disciples and ultimately for us as well. He asked the Father to protect them and even us in this prayer. He prays that we will have unity and to have unity you must have community.
So, before we go off to kindergarten, we need to know the family to whom we belong. We are the sons and daughters of God. He is always with us in the presence of the Spirit inside our bodies. Jesus is standing in the presence of the Father and praying non-stop for you. He will never leave you or forsake you and will someday welcome you into heaven … where we will be home at last and forever.
This idea is called eternal security. It is a theological and biblical position that some Christian do not believe in. They cannot imagine that God could be that gracious. Our entrance into heaven must be maintained by our good works or we can lose our salvation. They fear that if someone has eternal security then they will indulge themselves in sin. That we need the fear of losing our salvation in order to keep us trying to obey. Has that worked for you?
However, that is not true of you or you would not be reading this email or listening to this podcast. Sin has its own consequences and brings pain and suffering into our lives. God our Father disciplines us when we choose to sin because He is our eternally loving Father.
Those are the motivations that should help us choose to walk in the Spirit. Not the fear of losing our salvation but the reality of sin’s consequences and our Father’s discipline.
We are eternally members of God’s family by the Grace of God and the Finished Work of Jesus on the cross. I hope you know to whom you belong before you go to school today.