To Whom Do You Belong?
When my son was a little boy, I used to play a game with him. I would say, "Who are you, little boy, and what are you doing here in my house? Who do you belong to?"
At this point, I would begin to list off people we knew, our neighbors, friends, etc., and he would laugh and squeal and reply, "No mommy," each time. After going through four or five people, I would stop and say, "Oh, I know! You are my little boy, and mommy loves you very much, and you belong here."
With this, we would laugh, hug, and kiss. But then I would also take a moment to remind him that as much as his father and I loved him, God loved him so much more. God created him and gave him to us as a gift.
Being a mother has not only been a great joy, but also a means by which I have come to understand more clearly how much our Father in heaven loves me.
This little game got me thinking about the spiritual ramifications — to whom do I belong? By what name am I called? In whose house do I live?
I am made in the image of an awesome God, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, His only begotten son, and made joint heir with Jesus. I sit and dine at His table in His house and reap the benefits of living under the hand of His favor and love.
It reminds me of the story of the prodigal son, a young man who did not fully understand the beauty and blessing of his place in his father's house, foolishly leaving to find something better, squandering all that he had on his way.
This journey left him broken and repentant, longing for the home he turned his back on and the position he once had there. He journeys home, willing to be a servant, and is surprised when he is greeted with love, compassion, and the embrace of his father who was anxiously awaiting his return.
My prayer and hope is that I never forget who I am, by whose blood I have been purchased, and in whose image I am created. As a child of the King, I live in His house because of his unfailing love, and He says, "You belong here."
Mosiah 5:7 And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.
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