“And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s,” 1 Corinthians 3:23
Do you remember the playground days? Groups over there playing on the monkey bars. Groups over here playing hopscotch. Another group hovers in a corner laughing and joking with one another. Children match up in pairs to go down the slide together. Run, tag, you’re it!
Then there was the one child who was a bit shy. It’s not that he/she didn’t want to play with the others, they didn’t quite know how. Fear of rejection has kept them to themselves, content to read on the park bench or swing and play a solitary game.
Feeling like you don’t belong. Well, we’ve all been there I think. It doesn’t feel good. Feeling like an outcast while the rest of the world buddy’s up and goes about their business makes one feel like a castaway. A loner on a desert isle like in the famous Tom Hanks movie, talking to a soccer ball. (Let’s not get that far – :)!)
What is harder to deal with is when one comes to the body of Christ, the Church, and still feels in isolation. They still have a sense of being a wallflower, watching everyone else getting on just fine while they just occupy their own small, private space.
Thank God, we are not alone! We are not outcast! We are not rejects! WE BELONG!
We belong. Oh, how important are those words to the lonely soul? We belong. How many times has the hurting heart needed to hear that they are not by themselves in this life? We belong. We are part of something greater. We belong!
“Ye are Christ’s!” He has secured membership for you and I. He has redeemed us and set in a place to be called His own. We are now “joint-heirs” with Him, we are connected with Him, (Romans 8:17, KJV). We belong!
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people,” (1 Peter 2:9, KJV). We belong!
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name,” (John 1:12, KJV). We belong!
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus,” (Galatians 3:26, KJV). We belong!
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God, (Ephesians 2:19, KJV). We belong! And, on and on and on it goes. We belong! We are not alone!
“Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19, NKJV).
WE BELONG! Get that in your spirit today! Go through your day knowing that God loves you and He treasures you. He cares for you and you are secured you in Him. “For God is with the generation of the righteous, (Psalm 14:5, NKJV). YOU BELONG!
Playground cliques do not apply! YOU BELONG!