Have you ever watched children in the school yard – playing, laughing, running around? There are many activities, but often there is at least one child who seems to remain by herself, alone, and not involved. It’s like everything in her appearance would scream, “I don’t belong here!” Certainly, if you have ever been that child you know what I’m talking about.
Many, like me, have left their native land and settled in North America. To leave family members and the language we master behind can be challenging to our identity, no matter what the reasons why we immigrated. Belonging is one of the fundamental necessities for a human soul – and I believe – a God given attribute.
The apostle Paul describes our belonging in God’s kingdom in Ephesians 2:19-22: “You are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”
We belong to the grand family of God, and no one is a stranger anymore! This family is more solid than any earthly family because Jesus Himself is the cornerstone for the whole structure. Every piece, every single section of this building is vitally important. Your presence and participation are crucial, because there is a specific task for you in the household of God.
When we share the Gospel, we simply tell people that they are loved and accepted in Christ, and invited to be sons and daughters in God’s family. No one is forced to accept the invitation, but most people want to. When we realize how great God’s grace is towards us, our hearts leap with joy, and we gladly respond.
There is a whisper in every person’s innermost that tells us we are all part of something greater than our self. We belong to God – He gave us life. Belonging is a satisfying gift, freely available to everyone, because of the plan God has for us. Once we know that we belong, we are ready to build together with God and others.