Belonging

Jesus said, “I am in my Father”.  That means Jesus belongs to the Father as the one who indwells the Father.  Jesus also said to us, “you are in me, and I am in you”. That means we belong to Jesus and to his Father in living union by his Spirit.

 But can we also say that God belongs to us?  God can never belong to us in the sense that we “possess” himNevertheless,  God does belong to us simply because he has given himself to us.  God’s eternal decision is that we would belong to him and he would belong to us.  And Jesus is that eternal decision of mutual belonging made actual among us in history. Can we look at God actually becoming one of us and then doubt that he has given himself to us?

God wasn’t forced to give himself to us in this way.  He freely decided to be God this way and no other.  He is Lord of his own being and he freely decided to give himself to us in mutual belonging. And in that belonging we find deep rest of soul.

But we so easily disrupt our soul rest by making too much of our own decision.    We may even make my own decision all important.  And we cannot find deep rest in our own shaky decision.  We must rather live fully in God’s decision.   In Christ, God has disclosed himself as the one who has decided to bind himself to us in mutual belonging-totally.

 So let’s continually focus on Jesus as he reveals God’s eternal decision of belonging. Focussing on that decision we shall find deep rest for our souls.

 

 

 

 

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