"But those who embraced him and took hold of his name were given authority to become the children of God!" (John 1:12 TPT)
Knowing you belong is very important. A sense of belonging puts a foundation in our life and gives us a feeling of security and well being. Knowing that you're in the right job or the right church is important; knowing you live in the right house in the right town is important. Knowing you belong to your family is vital. More importantly is the security of knowing, in our heart, that we belong to our Heavenly Father.
Sadly, this sense of belonging is missing for many people. There can be a cry inside of us that says:
"who am I?"
"where do I fit?"
"do I belong?".
After Cain had killed Abel, God came to him and told him that he would be a restless wanderer on the face of the earth. That is a very lonely existence. It is an empty existence and one where survival has to be fought for. If we don't know that we belong we are like Cain, there is a restlessness inside of us that prevents us living the life of peace and rest which we are promised. Being restless means there is always something more I have to do in order to feel loved, valued or accepted.
As we come home to the Father that restlessness ceases. Each one of us needs to hear the Father say "welcome home, you belong". We are taken into his embrace as he says those words to us and our heart comes home. We belong!
In that belonging we start to experience the truth of who we really are. We are his children and Jesus tells us in John 8 that we belong to the family forever, Instead of being restless we live in rest and this means there is nothing more I have to do in order to feel loved, valued or accepted.
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Mark Gyde - A Father to YOU