- Published: Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:29
- Written by Bethany Elle
That's plain enough, isn't it? You're no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You're no longer stangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He's using us all--irrespective of how we got here--in what He is building.
Have you ever wandered around in familiar places wondering if you belong? Or have you ever believed you belonged, only to find out you really didn't? Do you have times that you live like an exile, afraid to claim the land that is yours?
I have felt all these ways at different times in my life. I have longed to belong, not understanding that I already carried the title of belonging because Jesus gave it to me. I have had times that I was so caught up in the road behind me that I couldn't see the beauty God was building inside of me.
I recently read that someone needs to belong before they can become. God created us to belong to Him and to each other. If we have walls of fear, resentment, bitterness, and insecurities built around us, we may not feel as if we really belong anywhere. But Jesus, wants to chase after every wall that we have constructed and bring us into a life of faith and Kingdom culture. He wants to wrap you within His heart of belonging, so that you know without a doubt who you are. When you know that you belong to Him and His people, you are effective in His work to partner with Him in Kingdom love.