by Brad Jolly
Do you know whose you are?
That’s kind of an odd-sounding question maybe. But the answer to that question has a tremendous impact to your life. That’s because our need to be included in a family or circle of friends is something so intrinsically at the core of our being. In other words, God made us to need others and to be needed by others. Who your core circle is provides some level of identity, doesn’t it. Your parents when you were growing up, your family you have of your own now, your close circle of friends maybe.
But here’s an interesting thought (or rather truth) we come across in the Bible.
“to you who belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Thess. 1:1
Think about all the circles you belong to and the vital significance of those people in your life.
Now think about what God says here. You “belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. Wow, I know I have read that verse a bunch of times and just glossed over it as simply an introductory greeting to the church in Thessalonica that Paul was writing to. But read that again slowly to yourself and allow the weight of that statement to sink in. You, yes you as one who has trusted Christ as your savior, you belong to God. Now as significant as my loved ones in my circles are to me, nobody quite ranks up there with God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. God names you in His circle. Wow! I am in God’s circle. And furthermore, because I am in Christ, nobody can take me out of that circle. (John 10:28-29)
If you are feeling insignificant, read this verse again and ask the Spirit to show you how significant you really are because you belong to Him, for all eternity.