Dancing with Nobody

Surfaces dropped an album recently with a song on it called "Dancing with Nobody." It's happy little song, fitting with the rest of their catalog which is centered around positive and encouraging music.  (check it out... check out all their music, it's absolutely delightful! And musically sophisticated even as it is simple and fun.)

In a pandemic... it really hits home. They do a great job of taking a deep and serious issue and putting it in a sweet melody. As a people we are woefully unloving to ourselves.  We give others grace we refuse ourselves.  We withhold compassion for ourselves.  We literally reject ourselves, severing the most core sense of belonging, which is to belong to yourself. Brene Brown speaks on this self belonging in her research, and it is foundational for being able to belong anywhere else.

Why do we, who are created reverently by a God who is love and loves us unfailingly and demonstratively, reject ourselves. In doing so, we mock God's acceptance of us.

If God is who He says He is, then we are who He says we are.

To many of us use God's acceptance and love of us to lend credibility to our rightness, our personal resume, our validation, our comfort, our safety. Yet, we fail to recognize the inherent truth that His acceptance of us calls for acceptance of ourselves.

Belonging is what salvation is all about.  We belong to God, and for God, and with God. He died for this. He resurrected Himself into life, defeating death for this. He lives on inside us, and through us for this. That we would be one body. That we would have unity.  

John 17:20-23:
20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me."

To belong.  

It's easy to think of salvation as simply a rescue boat, a being saved from some horrible thing. Yet, throughout the Scriptures we are told far more about what God wants for us as we grow in Him than we are told about what He is taking us from.

What we are saved FOR is far more important that what we are saved FROM.

From a sense of "true belonging," belonging to ourselves, which is to say belonging to God who is in us, we can then experience and extend belonging to others.

How can we really share belonging if we are unwilling to accept our belonging that comes in salvation? Is that grace, compassion, forgiveness, and victory that you extend to others as pure as it could be? What miracles could we see if recalibrated what we give to others to come from a better foundation that accepts the belonging of our personal salvation?  

As you share the truth of God with others around you, what if you thought of it as sharing belonging? What sort of demonstrations of acceptance would be necessary to show they belong?

How did Jesus demonstrate a radical sense of belonging to those around Him?  

Those questions are good to think about because they also show us how Jesus experienced true belonging.  Read the verses again.  Notice the belonging that Jesus had with God the Father and the Spirt and how pure the extension of belong was to those he was praying for?

You belong.


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