Mission Devotional - June 15, 2019

Saturday, June 15, 2019

"Belonging"

Opening Prayer: Lord God, please remind us this day that before we can fruitfully belong to each other, we first must belong to you. That is the only way that true community can ever take place. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 133:1-3

Journal: What is your level of belonging these days? How does it manifest itself? How do you try to satisfy your need to belong? How is God inviting you to belong more deeply to him? How is God calling you to help others in their quest for belonging? How is your spiritual community helping people belong?

Reflection:For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” We all have a deep need to belong. It is how we were made. It is woven into our DNA. It is part of what it means to be made in the image of the Triune God. When we truly belong, we experience life the way it was intended to be. And when, for some reason, we feel like we do not belong, it makes us the worst version of ourselves - needy, clingy, demanding, insecure, fearful, etc.

But before we can ever truly belong to one another, we must first belong to God. If our need to belong is not first met in him, then we will angrily move toward one another, demanding from each other what we were never intended to fully give. But if we are able, by God’s grace, to find our sense of belonging first in him, then we can experience the beauty and the blessing of community spoken of in Psalm 133; the kind of community in which God bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.

Then we can finally move beyond ourselves and consider how to help make others feel like they belong as well. Then we can start to consider how we can invite them to belong more deeply to Jesus. And how we can invite them to more deeply belong to one another. Then we can dream about how we can create spaces of belonging, both within us and among us, so that people are draw to our community like moths to a flame. For only then will our life together be like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard - fragrant, rich, healing soothing. For only then will our community be like the dew of Hermon falling on Mount Zion. For only then will our community be something worth belonging to.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Europe

After years of leading Young Life Spain and Young Life Western Europe, Jim and Barbara McNamee are now developing new areas as part of the regional staff. They are working to start new ministries in the five countries of Western Europe, including Luxembourg, Andorra, and Italy. Their primary focus at this time is starting a new YL area in the Basque Country of Spain. Pray today for meetings and conversations in San Sebastian with pastors and leaders.

Wears Valley Ranch offers a Christian home, education, and counseling to children from families in crisis. Their vision is to see each child inspired to follow Christ, healed from the past, and equipped to reach their full potential. Pray today for the staff of WVR as they model Christ's love and salvation to the residents.

Closing Prayer: Lord God, thank you that, ultimately, I belong to you. And because I belong to you, I can freely belong to others. Help me, O Lord, to be a part of your desire to bring others into the full knowledge of that belonging - first to you and then to each other. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.