Have you ever felt that you didn’t belong, that you didn’t fit in?
That is great! Why? Because you aren’t supposed to belong or fit in. The apostle Peter urged us to remember we are at best strangers and temporary residents of this world. In other words, we don’t belong here. And if we don’t belong here, we need to stop trying to fit in. Jesus even said in His prayer in John 17 that we are not of this world. So why then do we try so hard to belong and to fit in?
An amazing thing happens when a person becomes a follower of Jesus Christ. His residency changes. God changes our address and this place called earth is no longer called our home. We have become new creations, the past is gone, everything is made new!
I wonder how Daniel and his three friends felt when they were escorted off to Babylon? They were to never see their homes again. Yet they knew they didn’t belong in Babylon. And even though the King tried to get the young men to adapt to their new environment, the boys from Jerusalem would not compromise. They never forget who they were and whose they were. They were strangers in a distant land, but more importantly they were citizens of their heavenly calling.
Even when they spent time in the Lion’s den or the fiery furnace, they were not alone. Jesus was with them. And Jesus is also with you. Maybe you feel like a stranger in this world. Honestly, that is a good thing. God is still reminding his children that they do not belong to this earth. You have been called to a higher calling and a more pure residency.
During the month of September, I will be preaching a 4-part series entitled, “Strangers.” We will be looking at the calling and service of four very special young men who would not compromise their faith. How do you stay faithful to God in a hostile world? How to stay faithful to God when home seems so far away? The mini-series will answer these questions.
In the meantime, stop trying to fit in! You belong to another world!!