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Belong

Have you ever had the feeling, “I don’t belong here.” Peter did. Remember when Jesus told Peter to let down his nets one more time after fishing all night? The amount of fish on demand caused Peter to tremble in the presence of Jesus and he said, “Get away from me for I am a sinful man.” In other words, “I don’t belong here.”

The word “belong” has a couple of meanings. The most common is to be owned by or be in the possession of. (ex. The dog belongs to me.) But the other is to be suitable or acceptable. (ex. The doghouse belongs outside.) When we think that we now belong to God; it is one thing, a precious thing, to be in His possession, but entirely another to say we belong in His presence. Like Peter, we don’t feel like we belong because we really DON’T belong here! I am nothing like God! We think different, act different, probably smell different too. And yet, John 1:12 says we, “have the right to be called sons of God.” And being sons and daughters means we belong to God – we are His! And it means we belong in His presence. It is fitting and suitable for us to be here. We need not approach sheepishly, but boldly to the throne of grace!

Father, I belong to You!