Where I Belong

As Christians we all struggle with the question of where we belong or where we fit in.  One of the major points that we all must realize is that we all fit into the Family of God, each of us in our own, unique ways.  In 1 Corinthians 12:12 it states, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”

Here in lies our situation.  We as Christians are called to find our place in this world, so that we can effectively share Christ with the world.  To find our place we must realize a couple of different things.  First, we must realize that we are part of the Body of Christ.  We, though we are different than others, are still a part of the same body.

Later in the chapter we see, in verses 14-17, “For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?”  A few verses later, it is summed up in this way, “And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: (vv. 21-22)”

In looking at this we must realize that we cannot look at the other members of the Body of Christ and say that we do not need to work together.  This is one place that I see that the split in denominations within the church has caused concern as the days seem to draw to a close.  We have too many who are fighting against others, rather than banding together to bring others to Christ.

I would encourage you today to fight this, because we are all a part of the Body of Christ and we need to work together to accomplish great things for God’s Kingdom.

Secondly, we have to come to a realization that this world is not our home…we are merely travelers in a foreign land who are working until the day that we can experience our heavenly citizenship.  I think this second point is summed up best in lyrics from a song from Building 429…

“All I know is I’m not home yet, this is not where I belong.  Take this world and give me Jesus , this is not where I belong.”

I would encourage you today to give up the world, give up the pride that keeps our congregations from banding together for the same cause and the same GOD, and give in to Jesus.  Allow Jesus to live in your heart today, allow yourself to turn it all over to God and let Him guide your paths.  This world is not your home if you are a servant of the King…you have been called to a much higher purpose, and today is the day that we must all embrace our calling and serve the Lord.

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