Modern society guarantees all of us two certificates - a birth certificate and a death certificate. What happens in between (our life!) is up to us.
“If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”
These words were written to Christians who came to know God, but they are equally true of every human life. We have all been created in God’s likeness and for His purpose as “In Him we live and move, and have our being”. God is in all good things, everywhere and forever.
Do we really belong to God? Not if we decide to belong only to ourselves. But certainly we do, if we choose to open our hearts to the truth that God exists and wants us to be like Him.
To belong is to fulfil a core human need. God offers this belonging, He desires it for us and sent His Son to bring us to Him, that we might be brothers and sisters, parent figures, nieces and nephews, a loving family, a Holy nation, belonging to a Father who cares for and loves us.
Jesus likens the members of his family to a vine with branches, growing to provide fruit for the gardener (God). As branches are connected to the vine (Jesus), we share in one purpose, to grow together in love, in hope, in faithfulness, and in thankfulness to our maker, while bearing fruit for Him.
“Love God” and “love your neighbour” are the most important commandments Jesus tells us to follow. By aspiring to love in this way, becoming part of Jesus through baptism and seeking to live fruitful God-centred lives like Jesus did, God’s children show they belong to Him
By abiding in Jesus, branches remain healthy, grow strong, support one another and bear fruit.
Interestingly there is a third certificate to be found in the Book of Life; a certificate of promise, of belonging, of citizenship of the Kingdom of our God. This certificate is also guaranteed but only if we belong to God.
Who do you belong to?