Our kids are sometimes surprised at the jobs I’ve worked in the past such as McDonald’s and waiting tables. For a time one of my volunteer duties was putting a message, letter by letter, on the church sign. There are tons of quirky sayings you can find online for these sorts of signs, but I liked to make my own or relate the message to what we had going on.
One simple composition said,” BE WELCOME, BE-LIEVE, BE-LONG.” Wanting to belong to a group, to a community, to be identified with them was a prominent desire of many of the people I knew at the time. There is a universal desire to belong, to be accepted, to be secure, to be significant. If you’re familiar with the Freedom in Christ project, you might recognize those last words as fundamental to the assurances they reiterate time and again to encourage Jesus Followers and reach out to Seekers of what is beyond.
Today, I wanted to share these points of belonging that mean so much to me. Perhaps they will lift you up today and give you strength and hope for tomorrow.
I am accepted…
John 1:12 I am God’s child.
John 15:15 As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 I have been justified.
1 Corinthians 6:17 I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
1 Corinthians 12:27 I am a member of Christ’s body.
Ephesians 1:3-8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
Colossians 1:13-14 I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
Colossians 2:9-10 I am complete in Christ.
Hebrews 4:14-16 I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.
I am secure…
Romans 8:1-2 I am free from condemnation.
Romans 8:28 I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
Romans 8:31-39 I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.
Colossians 3:1-4 I am hidden with Christ in God.
Philippians 1:6 I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me.
Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven.
2 Timothy 1:7 I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.
I am significant…
John 15:5 I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.
John 15:16 I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
1 Corinthians 3:16 I am God’s temple.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
Ephesians 2:6 I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.
Ephesians 3:12 I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
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Rereading these can knock me back a few steps: I am hidden in Christ, I am a friend of Jesus, I am a citizen of heaven. When we soak in who God says we are (or can be), we might be amazed. How much more awesome then to meditate on who God is.
My heart begins to sing a old favorite hymn, “…He walks with me, and he talks with me. And he tells me I am his own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”