Understanding who we are through who God says He is erases all the boxes we’ve put ourselves into. Discover five ways God names Himself in relation to us and how each name reveals a God who claims us, considers us, names us, and loves us. Belonging has nothing to do with us, but everything to do with Him. Unleash joy-filled freedom and learn to think more like a true Child of God.
Belonging is a big deal to us humans. We seemingly spend our lives trying to be somebody's something (friend, spouse, parent, idol, leader, mentor, boo, babe). It is no wonder then that to not belong is one of our biggest fears. What do they think of me? How do I fit? Do I really belong?" The real answer from God is a resounding "Yes!"
One of the most prominent ways in the Bible that God declares His belonging over us is through the analogy of a shepherd's connection to his sheep. God uses this image to demonstrate how He cares for us and how we can trust and depend on Him. When we trust in the leading and sustenance of God, He declares that we will lack nothing.
Good or bad, we have all seen examples of fathers in the world around us. God intended for this earthly relationship to help us better understand how we belong to Him. Unfortunately, even the best earthly fathers fall short of our heavenly Father's love for and commitment to us. That is why it is important for us to recognize and be open to the love of the only one who can demonstrate this kind of love: God. In Christ, you belong to God as His loved and cherished child.
One of the ways the Bible describes our belonging to Jesus is through the illustration of a bride and groom. Jesus is the groom who passionately loves us, His bride, and desires that we love Him with the same passion in return. This may seem like an interesting way to think about your relationship with Jesus, but it communicates the level of intimacy God desires with you.
Did you know that not only do we belong to God, but we also belong to one another as fellow members of the body of Christ? God has given each of us unique roles and purposes in the body, and we all hold deep value in it. As part of the same body, we find joy when others triumph, and we hurt when others suffer. When we are in touch with Jesus, the Head of the body, He will guide us all to move in sync with one another to accomplish His good purposes in this world.
So often we approach our lives and faith with will-power and self-sufficiency alone. We act like we are a vine that can grow all by ourselves. God, however, wants us to understand that we are more like a branch. Without staying connected to Jesus, the true vine, we have no hope of bearing the fruit God intends us to bear.