How the Gospel Fulfills Our Longing for Belonging


And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. Rom. 1:6

Gracious Jesus, so much of life is about the desire, disappointments, and delights associated with belonging. From the day we first cried out as newborns, our deep longing for attention, attachment, and affection have been patently obvious.

We were born into families, and our quest to find our place in our family has been a source of incredible joy and, at times, multiplied heartbreaks This same story has played out in every other relationship context: friendships, vocation, romance. Wanting to belong, and not being sure who to trust, is an unrelenting theme of life.

And yet “the belonging of all belongings” is found only in relationship with you, Jesus. We praise you, as today’s Scripture makes clear, that the gospel is a calling to belong to you—to be attached, known, desired, loved, secure. Make this more real and satisfying to us than ever, Jesus.

The healthiest relationships we enjoy are good gifts to be treasured, but they are only a scent and symbol of what it means to be yours. And our most painful, disconnected relationships hurt, but they don’t have to define us.

Indeed, we are “called” to belong—not merely invited, but subpoenaed into an eternal bond of favor and intimacy. We are called to “belong”—not owned like a new car but connected like a new bride, with you as our ultimate Spouse.

Lord Jesus, you purchased us with the price of your life; and only your love is better than life, enough for us, and will never let go of us. Help us to come more fully alive to our belonging-ness and beloved-ness in you, Jesus. So very Amen we pray, in your merciful and magnificent name.

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