“You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers 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. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.“
When I initially moved to New York City, there were quite a few factors which I recognized disqualified me from remaining. I was single, female and unemployed; I was 28 years old, a University graduate with student loan debt, about to begin my Master’s degree. I was very much a stranger to the rhythm of the city, unacquainted with the streets that would become my home, and to be honest, the most daunting thought was that I knew roughly 4 people in a city of over 8 million. Talk about intimidating!
Somehow, I knew I belonged here. Just 4 months earlier, there was something so compelling about the Hillsong Church Vision Sunday presentation that simply beckoned me “Home”. I knew deep down, I was meant to be a part of building something that hadn’t been seen yet in our nation. How can you know you’re meant to belong when you don’t see an actualized assembling of like-spirited people?
Interestingly enough ‘belonging’ is a God-given desire that all humans crave. There have been countless social and psychological studies conducted on the sense of belonging being the highest correlation to living a meaningful life. Belonging extends beyond having positive relationships to the subjective experience of having relationships that bring about a secure sense of “fitting in” within a community.
God is building a home. He always has been and He always will be. Through Jesus, we all belong. He desires to use us all – no matter how we arrived here – in what He is building. You have a significant part to play in this Kingdom of faith, but it requires us coming together within community. How do any of us make it here? TOGETHER. Doing life alongside one another. I regularly assess who is actively engaged in my world. We are only as strong as what we’re a part of. I actually care less about the part I specifically play and more about that which I am a part. My part will change in the seasons to come, but His plan will not. Be found, belonging within Jesus’ family, His community of faith (Galatians 6:10) and in His House.
TIME TO THINK
1 Where/why have I closed myself off to engaging others within community?
2 Where within our church might I have the ability to forge relationships that lend insight, wisdom and revelation to my everyday life?
Jesus, thank You for bringing the right people, at the right time, for Kingdom purpose into my life; people who contribute in a way that redirects my focus heavenward. I am open to You weaving me into Your family & admit my need for a sense of true belonging. I choose to refuse isolation or withdrawing from community. I am a follower of Jesus & admit my need for healthy relationship. Thank You for caring for me in this way. Amen.