The Need to Belong

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.
—1 Corinthians 12:12(NIV)

Devotion:

At a national convention, sociologists came to a conclusion that I think you will find fascinating. They said most of the problems, the troubles, the anxieties and the turmoil that plague our society today are due to . . . to what? Now, this is not an assembly of Christians; these are secular sociologists meeting in national convention, and they said most of the turmoil, troubles, anxieties and problems that plague our society are due to. . . have a sneaking suspicion that few would guess what they said. But here it is. These problems are due to . . . a lack of communion.

They didn’t say “communication,” because surely we have an abundance of that.

Communication is the transfer of ideas and facts, but communion is something much deeper. It is a mutual sharing of values, emotions, and the deepest purposes of our lives. And this is what we have too little of in our society.

The lack of communion found in the home, in the school, in society, in the Church, is what is causing many people to have such aberrant and deviant behavior resulting in so many of today’s problems.

We have a need to belong. The Body of Christ, the Church, helps meet this deep-seated need.

 

Question to ponder: Where do you belong?