Background passage: Matthew 14:13-21
Daily reading: Romans 8:26-39
Thursday October 8, 2015

Focus passage: I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord:  not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers our height or depth, or any other thing that is created. Romans 8:38-39

Where do you find your worth?

If it by what you have accomplished or by what you posses then you might just believe that you then your worth comes from your job, or by the amount you have stored in the bank or in investments.

Relationally then we might believe that we belong to our boss, or to the bank.  But we really don’t.

We also are not defined by the poor choices we have made, or by the abuse we endure, or by the illnesses that afflict us, or by the fear that resides in our hearts.

You belong to God.  And absolutely nothing can take that away from you.  In the church we celebrate two major milestones in relation to ourselves and our relationship to God.  In the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) we celebrate the birth of a child with our ceremony of infant dedication.  At that celebration the parents bring the child forward and the entire congregation promises to help raise the child in the faith and we proclaim what we know to be true, that God names and claims that child before we do.

The second milestone is when we cautiously enter the baptismal waters and claim for ourselves the name of Jesus.  In that moment we are reminded once again that even before we claim God, God has named and claimed us.

Today take time to saturate yourself in the reality that you belong to God and nothing, absolutely nothing can separate you from the love of God!

Prayer:  God take my offering, small as it might seem, and bless it so that it can have a huge impact in my community.  Amen.


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