Our Belonging Longing

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 and delights of “belonging.” From the day we offered our first cry as newborns, our deep longing for attention, attachment, and affection have been patently and painfully obvious.

We were born into families, and our quest to find our place has been a source of great joy, confusion at times, and heartache. This same story plays its way out in every relational context: friendships, vocation, and romance. Wanting to belong is a constant theme, because you’ve written it into our DNA and hearts.

And yet “the belonging of all belongings” is only found in relationship with you, Jesus. Hallelujah, the Gospel is a calling to belong to you—the fountain of greatest joy, the source of deepest intimacy, the guarantee of endless welcome.

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

We are “called” to belong—not merely invited, but subpoenaed into an eternal life of being desired, known, and enjoyed. We are called to “belong”—not owned like a new car, but cherished like a new bride.

Jesus, you purchased us with the price of your life; and your love for us is better than life. We belong, now and forever, to you, Hallelujah! By your Spirit, renew and supersize our experience of belonging to you. So very Amen we pray, in your most glorious and tender name.