Schroer: You belong to God |

It is a foolish little joke that I prefer to play on little children.

Typically after I go to households of their properties, their kids have toys from the “Toy Story” films. With out fail, I all the time seize Woody and say to the youngsters, “Thanks for locating my toy!” I then proceed to behave like I’ll take it dwelling with me.

When the youngsters inevitably protest, I present them the identify scrawled on the only of Woody’s boot. I remind them that my identify is Andy after which I put the toy in my bag as if I used to be going to elope with it.

Children have a tendency to not prefer it after I do this.

Within the “Toy Story” films, all of the toys discover nice consolation in the truth that Andy’s identify is written on the bottoms of their ft. Belonging to Andy and being cherished by him provides them id, objective, and pleasure.

I have been considering loads in regards to the “Toy Story” toys in the previous couple of days. Just lately, we now have had an unusually excessive (and great) variety of baptisms in our church.

God provides many stunning blessings at baptism, however one of many nice blessings is that once we are baptized, God writes his identify on us. In baptism, God marks us as his.

Simply because the Father spoke to Jesus on the day of his baptism, saying, “You’re my Son,” so he speaks to us at our baptism. At your baptism, God adopted you. He mentioned, “You’re my son” and “You’re my daughter.” At your baptism, he put his identify on you. You belong to him.

And identical to the toys in “Toy Story,” realizing that we belong to God and that we’re cherished by him provides us id, objective, and pleasure. In a manner, your baptism is who you’re. You’re a baptized youngster of God. You’re very cherished by him. You belong to him and nobody can take you away from him.

Properly, truly, there may be one particular person. The one one who can erase the identify of Jesus from the underside of your boot is you. You’ll be able to reject the religion that he provides at baptism. You’ll be able to resolve to stroll away from him, however nobody and nothing can ever steal you from his hand.

You belong to God. He has written his identify on you. You’re his very particular possession.

And meaning he’ll all the time love you. He’ll all the time handle you. He’ll all the time forgive you. That’s the promise of your baptism. The phrase “baptize” means “to clean”. Due to Jesus, God has cleansed you of all of the garbage and rubbish that you’ve got ever thought, mentioned, or carried out.

Belonging to God provides objective to your life. You’re right here for a cause. Your life has that means. We come to reside for him who lived and died for us. Belonging to God means that we’ll reside with him perpetually within the happiness and perfection of heaven.

So while you see somebody getting baptized, while you consider your individual baptism, take a look at the only of your shoe and know that God has written his identify on you.

You belong to him and that makes all of the distinction.

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— Pastor Andrew Schroer has been a pastor for greater than 20 years and at the moment serves at Redeemer Lutheran Church with campuses in Edna and Victoria. Learn extra of his devotional writings and call him at 364DaysofThanksgiving.com. His new e book, “364 Days of Devotion,” is accessible at amazon.com.

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