You are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.
Each of us has probably felt it. And although we try not to think about it, many of us can’t forget it. Perhaps you felt it when the captain of the kickball team picked you last. Perhaps you felt it when your grades were lower than everyone else. Perhaps you felt it when your clothes weren’t as nice as others or your physical appearance did not fit the standard of what others considered “good-looking.” It is that catch in your throat and that wave of unease that washes over your body. It’s the terrible feeling that says within you, “I don’t belong.”
And let’s be candid. That feeling does not simply haunt the playgrounds and schooldays of our past. There can still be awful moments or periods of life when that sad, familiar voice speaks again; the voice that says, “I don’t belong.”
What’s even worse is the fear of not belonging to God! It’s true that apart from Christ, we are separated from God. We could win all the popularity contests we want, but without Jesus we have no hope of a peaceful and blessed relationship with God. However, Jesus changed everything! “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 2:2). God accepted the suffering and death of his Son as full payment for our sin. Through Jesus our eternal relationship with God is secured; by faith in our Savior we belong to God. And we are united with other Christians—we “are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.”
Now, do we always feel that closeness? Do we always feel that bond? No, not always. As long as we are still in this fallen world, our Christian brothers and sisters are bound to let us down, we are bound to let them down, and our flawed emotions will often fail to perceive the close, intimate bond we have with Christ and with each other.
But make no mistake. You belong. You belong to us. We belong to you. And by faith we all belong to God through the precious blood of his Son.
Are there still times when you feel left out and alone? Then remember the blessing you possess in Jesus Christ: You belong!
Lord Jesus, because of your blood I belong. I belong to my Christian family and I belong to God. At those times when I feel left out, overcome my emotions with the certainty of your Word. Amen.
This devotion was selected from the Daily Devotion archive.