This morning I am drawn to the word “belong”…
verb be·long | belonged; belonging; belongs
Definition of belong
1a: to be suitable, appropriate, or advantageous
b: to be in a proper situation
2a: to be the property of a person or thing
b: to be attached or bound by birth, allegiance, or dependency
c: to be a member of a club, organization, or set
3: to be an attribute, part, adjunct, or function of a person or thing
4: to be properly classified
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” – 1 John 4:4 NLT
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:19-22 ESV
“You have all become true children of God by the faith of Jesus the Anointed One! It was faith that immersed you into Jesus, the Anointed One, and now you are covered and clothed with his anointing. And we no longer see each other in our former state—Jew or non-Jew, rich or poor, male or female—because we’re all one through our union with Jesus Christ with no distinction between us.” – Galatians 3:26-28 TPT
Then all of a sudden the Lord reminds me of this game that I used to play as a child. I couldn’t remember the name of it, or the rules, so I googled, “game where the pieces pop up” and this is what came up…
This game is called “Perfection” and basically you have to place all the pieces into place before the timer runs out, or else everything pops out of place, and you have to try all over again. If you focus, and place all of the puzzle pieces into place before the timer runs out, you win and you have a perfect, finished and completed puzzle.
Still trying to understand why this whole thing came to mind and the depth of what it means, but it does go in line with something the Lord has been showing me little by little, but I’m still trying to process it. My mind hasn’t grasped this yet, fully, and so to feel led to writing it on here has me wondering, “Does this make any sense?? Is this correct?? Lord, why couldn’t I just keep this in my personal journal this morning?” But, I am learning to trust His leading, and this is where He has led me to this morning. ?
Here is one thing that the Lord has put on my heart…. “belonging” is not just a “warm and fuzzy” kind of, “all about me” thing — it’s more of a “responsibility” to “belong.” It’s important to “belong” where I am to “belong” – because it’s not just about “me” –it’s beyond “me,” it’s bigger than just “me.”
What happens if I am not “focusing” on the Lord, and on His will for my life, and “time runs out” and I’m not fitting into my “place” that I “belong?”
Thank You for Your truth, God. When the enemy tries to “separate” us and cause division, when we think we don’t have a place or that we don’t “belong”, when we get so consumed with our own selves, Your truth reminds us that we do “belong,” that we are a part of what You are wanting to do in the earth, Your plan of goodness and restoration. Let us not be separated by our own ways, lack of focus, or our misconceptions and false beliefs. The truth is, as Your child, we do not belong to ourselves anymore, we belong to You, and we belong to your Body. Help us to wake up and focus, and see what that means.