Words from the Heart for Monday March 23rd, 2020
So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.
Romans 7:4 (NIV)
Belonging to Another
Canada has been a member of the United Nations since it was established and has served six separate terms on the UN Security Council. Canada has also participated in United Nations peacekeeping missions. In the initial set-up of the UN, McGill University law professor John Peters Humphrey established the Division for Human Rights in the UN Secretariat and remained in charge of the division for twenty years. He created the first draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and remained a champion of it until its adoption by approval of the UN General Assembly in 1948.
Human beings are created to be in relationship with others. We thrive when we are part of something greater than ourselves. Society is all about how people relate to one another. Within societies, there are closer relationships – friendships, family, marriage. These bring a greater sense of value and belonging. There is one relationship that transcends all others – a personal relationship with our Creator God through faith in Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul speaks of this in Romans 7:4, “So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.” It is so true that Christianity is not about religion, although as we gather together to worship and live in harmony with each other it expresses itself in religious practice. At the heart of the Christian faith is a joining together with Jesus – we belong to another, as Paul says here. By belonging to Him, we will bear spiritual fruit that will bring honour to our God.
These have been words from the heart.