By nature we desire to be in relationship with those around us. We LONG TO BELONG to a loving family, a supportive set of friends, an accepting group of co-workers…a community.
Athletes LONG TO BELONG to the team of their dreams. Whether it is the local football team at 10 years old or a fan of a favorite college or pro team as an adult, the desire to be a part of that community is powerful. This driving force comes from a deep desire to hang out and be in relationship with like-minded people supporting or playing for a specific team. Fantasy Football is a popular example of the propelling desire to belong to a community.
We are born with a LONG TO BELONG desire. Our Creator designed us to belong to Him and to the family of God …community at its best!
- Community is revealed through God’s 3-part nature.
God the Son – Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 NIV
God the Holy Spirit – (It is) ...the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make e a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God. Matthew 3:11 TM
- Community is revealed through God’s creation.
God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them… Genesis 1:27
God created community from the beginning…a woman made from man’s own rib.
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 NIV
PRAYER: I submit myself to be in community with You and Your people. Dear Father. I want to hang out with you...learning, serving, worshiping and growing inYou and with your family. My LONGING TO BELONG is satisfied in you. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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