… the God to whom I belong
and whom I serve …
A man without God is not only an exile in this world,
but, worse still, will be an “orphan” in eternity.
A New York businessman who commuted to work by ferryboat, noticed a new passenger one day- a youngster with a shoeshine kit.
The man spoke kindly to him and paid him to clean his shoes.
Afterward whenever he boarded the boat, the boy always approached him with a happy smile. He would pick up his bundles and brush off his clothing without expecting any reward.
After a week or two, the man asked the youth what made him so attentive. “Why Sir,” he replied, “the first time you met me you called me ‘my boy’. Until then I thought I belonged to no one, ’cause my parents are dead. But since you are so kind and always lovingly call me your boy, there is nothing I wouldn’t do for you!”
Needless to say, the businessman was deeply touched and made arrangements to see that the young fellow would be well taken care of.
Being a Christian, the experience brought to his mind the Scripture which reads, “And [l] will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters” (2 Corinthians 6:18).
He thought how blessed it is that Christ in His love has told us we are not orphans in the storm of life, but have a Father who knows and loves us. As His blood-bought children, we have been assured that we will be “abundantly satisfied,” safely guided, and never forsaken (Psalms 36:8, 32:8; Hebrews 13:15).
God’s comfort and companionship is a wonderful thing.
It gives us strength to persevere with joy regardless of life’s difficulties. Yes, it’s great to be saved and know the blessing of really belonging!
I belong to the King, and He loves me I know,
For His mercy and kindness so free,
Are unceasingly mine wheresoever I go,
And my refuge unfailing is He.
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