It’s Five Minute Friday and I am joining Lisa-Jo Baker and other FMF girls to write flat out for five minutes. No editing, no polishing, and then linking up together. I am loving this challenge! I hope you enjoy it too! Check out what Five Minute Friday is all about here!
Since Lisa Jo is on vacation-the weekly link up is at Crystal Stine’s blog!
When we are small, we claim everything as our own. The words for marking our territory are “It’s mine!”
I heard these words over and over when my sons were small – especially at ages 3 and 6! The mantra from one or the other son was always “It’s mine!” The sense of power that accompanied those two words ended in a puffed out chest when either son actually laid claim to the item in question.
When we are able to claim things as our own, a sense of ownership follows. With ownership comes power and with power comes belonging! Those with power whether in words or deeds always seemed to belong to the “in” group growing up.
But I challenge you to rethink your definition of “belonging” and instead I propose that power is not the answer – humility is the bottom line.
My favorite story in the Bible has always been Ruth. On some level, I relate to her sacrifice and willingness to follow her mother-in-law across country to honor her even after her husband had died. Ruth speaks these very words, “Where you go, I go; and where you live, I’ll live. Your people are my people, your God is my god; where you die, I’ll die, and that’s where I’ll be buried, so help me God—not even death itself is going to come between us!” (MSG)
Ruth walked in complete surrender and humbleness to do what she knew was best. Ruth followed her heart which in turn sought after God and knew what path she needed to take. Ruth belonged! Ruth had completely surrendered her own life for a life that honored God which meant she gave up her own life to serve her mother-in-law. Ruth humbled herself before God and all other naysayers and entered a new community in Moab. The final outcome was actual belonging in this new community.
This verse from Ruth 2 illustrates belonging. Ruth is speaking to Boaz as she says, “Oh sir, such grace, such kindness—I don’t deserve it. You’ve touched my heart, treated me like one of your own. And I don’t even belong here!” MSG Ruth did belong because she followed the path that God laid on her heart to seek fully.
So I challenge each of us to seek after God with our whole hearts, release the power to Him and follow in a humbleness in all we do. This path will lead to belonging – to Christ and all He calls us to be.
Inhale the sweetness of these words from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 as you pray for a sense of belonging today!
16-18 Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.
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