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Read: Ephesians 1:13-14
I felt it when I was growing up in my own home. I felt it during that one awkward year of public elementary school. I felt it in junior high when I tried out for the volleyball team. I felt in high school when I woke up to toilet paper streaming from the trees. I felt it in college sitting in my dorm room during the yearly banquet. And I felt it in the church when I tried to strike up conversations with other young mothers.
I felt that I did not belong.
But these are never the labels of anyone who belongs to Christ.
Ephesians 1:13-14 uses words like these:
Marked in Him.
Included in Christ.
I was three years old the night I believed that Jesus Christ died for my sin on the cross and I prayed for His forgiveness. In that moment, I was “marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,” as are all believers. Not only is every Christ-follower promised the Holy Spirit to be our guide and comforter through life on earth, but He is a sweet taste of what is to come when we inherit all that God has in store for us in eternity!
We are spiritual refugees, making our way, not through uncharted deserts or treacherous valleys, but guided through everyday moments by the purposeful hand of God toward redemption.
And we belong to God
Personally, I never feel more known than when I sense the Holy Spirit whispering to my heart, convicting me, comforting me, and reminding me that I am His and He is mine. God’s commitment to us cannot be constrained, confounded, or cast away.
Certainly, we may have chapters in our lives where we feel like pilgrims wandering through, never settling into a place where we belong, but I don’t think we are ever really meant to feel complete in this world. Heaven is our home!
Perhaps you too feel like you are not accepted wherever you are in your corner of the world today. If you are sealed for Christ, awaiting the day when you will join Him for all of eternity, do not be discouraged.
You are a perfect fit for the love of God and you are His child, completely accepted just as you are.