Not long ago I was asked what I missed the most about being a Police Officer.

Without hesitation I replied, “the relationships!”

Sometimes I jokingly reply, “putting people in jail.”  I always get a strange look when I say that.

The people I worked with, we were FAMILY!  We were close and could depend on one another.  I love the family atmosphere,  a sense of BELONGING!

Now that I’m a Pastor this is something I often miss among my peers but that’s for another blog.

While at the gym recently I noticed a sign on the wall that said, “you belong.”

I believe we all have a desire to BELONG!  I think that’s why I also love being a United States Marine. There are no “X”-Marines.  You’re part of a family for life!

Have you ever thought about why God created people?  I believe it’s because He wanted a FAMILY!  God is love and He wanted someone to express His love to!


How strong is God’s desire?  

“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”  Ephesians 1:5(NLT)

“For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life.”
John 3:16 (TPT)

God wants you to identify with Him as a Father because you’re His child.  God wants a family and He wants you to know, you belong!  

“And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,” enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!” For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!”  Romans 8:15,16 (TPT)

Wow, when Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life, you belong!  Never to be forsaken again or alone again!   YOU’RE FAMILY!  

And the cool thing is we get to hang out with God’s children on this earth!  Why?  We have something in common, God is our Father!  

Not only do we belong to God but we belong to one another!  FAMILY!   

“Now you are no longer strangers to God and foreigners to heaven, but you are members of God’s very own family, citizens of God’s country, and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.”  Ephesians 2:19 (TLB)

We belong to one another!  

Here’s some really good news!  You can connect with God right now through His Son Jesus Christ and you can connect with His family on this earth.