Ever feel like you don’t belong? Me, too! The need to belong is strong in young children. It becomes a powerful hurricane when they enter adolescence. It never really goes away. From what I can tell, it re-gathers strength in old age and makes a final assault on us. The strength of this need to belong varies in individuals. The degree to which it is met is difficult to measure. We know one thing for sure: if the need is not met it produces extreme, even bizarre, behavior.
God made us to bond with Him and to bond to each other as well. It is what He saw in Adam when He observed,
“…It is not good for man to be alone…” — Genesis 2:18
God made us to bond with Him and to bond to each other as well. It is what He saw in Adam when He observed, “…It is not good for man to be alone…” — Genesis 2:18
But Adam violated that design and separated himself from God. When he did, he became estranged from God, and worse, he took all humanity with him. Now, anyone separated from Yahweh and His guidance begins to live for themselves. Adam did. Very soon he and his offspring were alienated from each other. The chase to belong was on.
As fallen people living in a fallen world, there are some things you need to know about the breadth and length and height and depth of the love God extends to all who believe in Jesus Christ. You can read about it in the first three chapters of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Look up the book of Ephesians in the index in the front of your Bible and read it. That’s what we are studying during the next series, called, “The Longest Sentence.” In the first three chapters of Ephesians God tells us in writing who we are to Him. The ideas we will teach you will change how you think about you! I’ll tell you the story on Sunday that’s behind the title, “The Longest Sentence.”