Is it just me, or does everyone wonder from time to time whether they “belong?” Do I “fit in?” Sometimes, it may even be that I ask myself, “why was I not invited?” This questioning originates mostly from my insecurities rather than being based in reality. God’s reality for all of us is that we are wanted, and we are loved. Take a look at this small sampling of proofs:
For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
- John 3:16
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
- 1 John 4:9-10
What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
- Matthew 18:12-14
So, how will you move forward in your ministry as a loved and wanted child of God
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.
- Luke 9:23-24