Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in, like you didn’t belong? It happens to all of us no matter how popular or well liked we are. At some point you will be left out, a person looking in from the outside. Growing up, I always felt a sense of solitude, a desire to do my own thing, carefree of the opinions around me. Of course, I would be lying if I said I didn’t care what others thought. I just didn’t care about the “drama” of childhood. (Sadly, there seems to be just as much drama to deal with as an adult.) It seems that the feeling of not belonging is a negative thing. But if we look at the teachings of the bible, we’ll find out that feeling out-of-place is exactly what we should dwell on.
As Christians, we should stand out from the world. Even more important though is the fact that everyday we should feel like we don’t belong here. God has no desire for us to pine after this world. But we want to get closer and closer until those around us would have a hard time telling if we are a Christian or not. God has imprinted eternity on our hearts yet we live as if this world is all there is. We chase everything the world has to offer, trying to fit in with those around us. We talk like the world. We entertain ourselves like the world. We chase after the possessions of this world. And all the while, what we should be thinking of is heaven.
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you”
Once we accept that we don’t belong here, that we meant for eternal fellowship with God, we’ll live as if heaven were our home. We are meant to be transformed, to become in likeness to Christ so we may worship him forever.
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body”
Remember, we are exhorted in 1 Peter 2:11 to live as aliens and strangers during this life. I don’t want to fit in. I want to stand out! I want to be a light that darkness can’t comprehend! I don’t belong here!