We belong

“About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church” (Acts 12:1). There is an awful lot going on in Acts chapter 12. Violence. Prison. Guards. Chains. Escape. Prayer. Surprise. Disbelief. Politics. Death by worms. But with all of that going on in this chapter, six words captured my attention; “some who belonged to the church.” And of those six words, one in particular grabbed my heart: “belonged.” Luke writes of people who “belonged” to the church. They belonged to the church. We belong to the church. The church is a group of belonging. These words remind me how important it is to value the church and this reminder leads me to worship, thanksgiving, and, quite honestly, to repentance. Belong. I just need to sit here and reflect on that word and the concept it communicates.

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