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Where Do I Belong?

We all want to feel we belong…

There’s an old sitcom about aliens who come to earth in human bodies to study people. They never quite feel like they fit in (duh!), until they attend the Pendleton Badger football game. They wear Badger shirts and join in the Badger cheers. Suddenly, the high commander understands what it’s like to fit in with humans, and why humans love their football teams.

Sometimes we feel like aliens, like we don’t fit in, like we aren’t understood or accepted. All our longing to belong will ultimately be met through our relationship with God.

Where do we belong?

  • We belong in God’s family. “Be devoted to tenderly loving your fellow believers as members of one family. Try to outdo yourselves in respect and honor of one another” (Romans 12:10). When God saves us, we become part of his family. We become his sons and daughters. We are no longer orphans, but dearly loved children of the most-high God. We respect, honor, and love our brothers and sisters in Christ, and they do the same for us.
  • We belong in our heavenly home. “But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them” (Hebrews 11:16). We live on earth. While we’re here, we have a spiritual family. But we are destined for better. We have a home in heaven prepared and waiting for us.

Hebrews, chapter 11, talks of great men and women of faith. These faithful people, “acknowledged themselves to be strangers and aliens on earth.” They were journeying through earth on their way to their heavenly homeland. (See Hebrews 11:13-15.) We’re on the same journey as these people of faith. We are aliens here on earth. Our citizenship is in heaven.

Yes, we all have a desire to belong, to fit in. And we do belong in God’s family and in the church. We find love and acceptance here on earth through our relationship with God and others who serve him. But our desire for belonging will not be fully met until we reach our homeland—our eternal home in heaven. In that place, we will experience perfect love, complete acceptance, and ultimate belonging.

Right now, we’re on the journey home. It has ups and downs, good and bad. But, y’all, the destination—heaven—is going to absolutely blow our minds. We’re going to finally and eternally be in our perfect home, right where we belong.

Dear God, help me remember that this world is not my home. I’m traveling through on my way to my eternal home in heaven. Place me in the family of God and the body of Christ as you see fit. Help me look for belonging from you rather than this world. Give me love and acceptance for others on the journey. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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It’s Good to Be Home

“And I will live in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:6)

The word, “and,” connects the beginning of Psalm 23:6 to the end of it. The first part of the verse says goodness and mercy will follow us during our time here on earth. Then we find the word, “and,” connecting our yesterdays and our today with our “forever.” Our “forever” is a place we call heaven.

In our flesh, it’s hard to remember that our time on earth is actually the short phase of our lives. The “forever” part of our lives starts after our time on earth is finished. Our most precious hope is the promise of spending eternity in the presence of the Father.

The Bible says, “And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world” (1 Corinthians 15:19). God’s unfailing love and constant goodness fills our days on earth with hope. But even greater is the promise of an eternity spent living in God’s house, dwelling in his presence, and abiding in his love.

An old proverb says, “He’s so heavenly minded that he’s no earthly good.” The greater danger is to be so earthly minded we miss heaven altogether. Our goal is not the temporary satisfaction we may find in wealth, education, good looks, or popularity. Our goal is to hear our Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” and to live eternally in our forever home.

We’re never completely satisfied here on earth because this isn’t our real home. Max Lucado put it this way: “If you take a fish out of the water and place him on the beach, is he happy? The answer, of course, is no! How do you make the fish happy? Do you cover him with cash? Get him a beach chair and sunglasses? Do you bring him a martini? No, he will only be happy when you put him back in the water because he wasn’t made for the beach.”

And we weren’t made for earth. We will never be completely happy on earth because we were made for heaven. The joy, peace, and contentment we will experience there is entirely beyond our current ability to comprehend.

Just think—in heaven, there is no sickness, no weeping, no death. God lives and walks among his people. Heaven is illuminated by the majesty of God. There is no evil and no sin. The peace of God reigns forever and ever. This is our promise. This is our hope.

You may have lived in some fancy houses in your life. Or maybe you lived in some very basic houses. You may have experienced a great deal of joy or a great deal of sorrow. Either way, look up. Know that your forever home is a mansion on streets of gold. Your forever home allows you to live in the constant presence of the Lord. Friend, your faith means your future is absolutely breathtaking.

Father God, sometimes I get so comfortable in this life that I don’t think about my forever home. Other times, I look around at the world and long for the glory and peace of heaven. Help me bring glory to you during my time on earth and help me remember that my final home is a place more amazing than I could imagine. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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