23rd April 2020

A Sense of Belonging

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.’’
John 17:6-8 (NIV)

In the above prayer for his disciples, Jesus plainly reveals that these followers belonged to God, and were subsequently given to Jesus. They were God’s before they became Christ’s. The Oxford Dictionary states that ‘belonging’’ means to be rightly placed in, or assigned to, a specific position. ‘Belongings’ are deemed to be rightful possessions.

There is a general acceptance that Christ’s prayer can rightly be applied to all those who have heard and received his teachings, and believed that he is truly the Son of God; and amazingly, this may be applied to us today if we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.

How then has Jesus treated these treasured human ‘gifts’ from his Father? In John 10:29-30 Jesus declares “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” Here we are told how dearly we are loved by the Father and Son and also the wonderful continuity of ownership passed on to our Lord and Master. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:11) showing a love that really does pass all understanding.

Many people today value belonging to golf clubs, societies, committees and other organisations, and there is nothing wrong in that. All Christians, however, can rightfully claim to belong to Jesus Christ by the Grace of the Living God. How can we ever feel unwanted and unloved in the face of such wonderful news?

Prayer
Loving Father, we offer our heartfelt thanks for giving us such a sense of belonging that will continue without fear of separation until we are with you in your Kingdom.
Amen

Study by Bob Beggs
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*Note that due to the coronavirus lockdown, Services are suspended for the time being. Contact is still as below. For live-streaming Sermons and Bible Studies go to our UK website www.gracecom.church

About the Author:
Bob Beggs is an Elder and member of the Pastoral Council at Grace Communion Lisburn, in Northern Ireland.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Lisburn
(www.grace-ni.org)
Ballymacbrennan School House
129A Saintfield Road
LISBURN
BT27 5PG

Meeting time:
Sunday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
Bob Beggs
Phone: Mobile 07836 613 686
Email: bobbeggs@hotmail.com

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