While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 32 days I will be sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day one with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called to belong to Jesus.
Called to Belong
“And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.“
Romans 1:6 (NIV)
Where do you belong? Who do you belong to? Which of those questions are you most comfortable with? Why? Have others ever made you believe you didn’t belong in a particular group or situation that you wanted to be a part of? In what way? How did you feel? What does it take to make you feel you fit in or belong in a place or situation? Is an invitation enough? Why? How involved are you in helping others feel they belong in groups you are a part of? How has God backed up His invitation of belonging with substance that makes you know you belong?
Most of us have a desire to feel useful and needed — to know we belong wherever we are. We’ve also accepted invitations to places where we’ve felt out of place as the invitation alone was not enough to give us a sense of belonging. When God calls us to belong, it is not an invitation to join a group or club; rather it is calling us to belong to Jesus. It is Christ who gives us a place to belong when He is the One we belong to. Belonging to Christ means we belong wherever He is and wherever He sends us. It also means others who belong to Christ deserve our acceptance as well.
As you pray about where you belong, begin with a recognition of who you belong to. Pray that you would grow in your understanding of what it means each day to belong to Christ. Pray that you would have the courage to accept God’s calling in your life — both in belonging to Him and in belonging wherever He has work for you to do. Pray about how you make others feel when they are around you. Pray for a sense of community and belonging with all who are in Christ.