LIVING WORD DEVOTIONAL
Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will._ Ephesians 1:5
When we received Jesus, we became members of God’s family! God is our Father. Jesus is not only our Savior, He is also our brother. We are members of the family of believers. We belong!
A true sense of belonging comes from not only knowing that we belong to God but also from belonging to each other. Many of Paul’s letters in the New Testament offer guidance for successful relationships within this worldwide family. For example, he said, “Clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends.”
Many scriptures reflect us as belonging and being accepted. Here are just a few:
• I am God’s child. (John 1:12)
• I am Christ’s friend. (John 15:15)
• I am united with the Lord, and I am one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
• I have been bought with a price. I belong to God. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
• We belong to God’s family. (Ephesians 2:19)
Do you ever feel lonely? It is possible to feel lonely even when we are surrounded by people. But if you will look at the mirror of God’s Word, you will see clearly that you belong to God and a member of His household. God will always love you and will always be your perfect Father. Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for reassuring me that I am not alone. I belong! I am Your child.
Scriptural Reading: Ephesians 1:3-12
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth-in Him.
11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.