The Need to Belong


Just a brief wrap up of our look at being children of the KING, and members of His royal priesthood as revealed in 1 Peter 1: 9 &10.

One of our greatest needs that we all share in common is the need to belong. We need to know we are included, that we are a member. That we have a place where we belong, to be a part of a group that gives us acceptance, approval and rest from trying to prove our value to others.

We were not created to be isolated, alone, on our own. We were created to belong. We thirst for it, we search for it, we strive for it, because we have a God-created, God-given need to belong.

One of the points Peter is stressing in these verses is that Abba has given us that need! He begins verse 9 with that word BUT, and then proceeds to tell us what is true. We are already, He says, a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and His own special people.

WOW!! Then he concludes these verses by contrasting for us who we weren't - and now who we are.

We weren't a people (we didn't belong), BUT now we are and we belong.

We hadn't been given mercy, BUT now we have received mercy.

Let's take some time before we move on to thank our Abba King for this part of what He has done for us and that He declares that we belong to Him.

Let's make a short, repetitive prayer of this truth; 'Abba, I belong to you.' Try repeating this prayer for a couple minutes each day.





If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word  ‘but’.”  


Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making  products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?”  Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. For 2014, there will be a laminated waterproof jacket pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our  business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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