I love seeing the joy on the faces of these Filipino children! When being part of a circle of friends, there is a wonderful feeling of belonging! We all need to feel accepted and valued by others. It is even better when that happens with a group that shares some common bonds and interests. And there is quite a bit of angst if we are not part of such a group. The French word, “clique,” is one we use for a group that is closed to outsiders. What heartache there can be when we are the one excluded!
In today’s verse there is quite a large group that is by far the most inclusive one. In this group, no one is a foreigner as it is made up of members of every tribe and nation! Our allegiance to God transcends earthly divisions. There are no strangers as we will have eternity to get to know one another. Being part of God’s household means that we have the same Father and that we are brothers and sisters. No believer will feel like an outsider.
I am part of God’s household but I can sometimes feel like an outsider. I see so many different groups and divisions within God’s family. I may not fit in because of the racial, economic or theological divisions we create. I cannot help but think that this is not God’s intent. He means for us to be one in Christ; no Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female (Gal. 3:28). Our oneness through our diversity is what glorifies Him!
Lord, help me to be lovingly inclusive with ALL my brothers and sisters.