Making the most of the Gospel
week 2

We’ve talked a bit about belonging to Jesus and the wonderful thing that is. It seems counter-intuitive to our individualistic culture, but it is so much better than belonging to ourselves. There’s actually great freedom in belonging to Christ. Here’s what I mean …

Freedom from creating your own identity
So much of our culture is about carving out a space for yourself in the world. We define ourselves by our careers and our accomplishments. We define ourselves by our relationships and our image on social media. All this self-creation can get exhausting. And what happens when you fail? It’s like things fall apart. The beauty of belonging to Jesus is that your identity as a child of God isn’t something you earn, it’s something you’re given. ’Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.’ (John 1:12).

Freedom from fear of rejection
It can be so demoralising when you are rejected by people. And people do all kinds of crazy things to stay ‘in’ with the crowd they want to be accepted by. Think of teenage peer pressure. There’s great freedom in knowing you don’t have to impress anyone. To know that, even if every human being rejects you, you are known by God and loved by him because of what Jesus has done. ‘Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?’ (Isaiah 2:22).

Freedom from condemnation
How many people go through life fearful of God’s final judgement? They know they are guilty, but they have no idea of whether they will be forgiven. How wonderful it is to know that there is no condemnation ahead, but only eternal life. ‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.’ (Romans 8:1).

There are so many other wonderful things about belonging to Jesus. I hope Belong blesses you in exploring these further.