I John 3:1b “. . . The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
Throughout God’s Word, we Christians are referred to as “strangers in the world,” “peculiar people,” even “aliens!” Sometimes we feel a little uncomfortable, like we are different. Not really a part of things. Outsiders. But that is exactly how we should feel! This world is not our home; we’re not supposed to feel at home here.
The world, the people who live their lives without God, view us as a little odd. We really are strange to them! John tells us that they did not know Jesus. They had no idea that He was God’s Son. And if they never knew Jesus, they certainly won’t understand us. Our thoughts, values, ideas . . . our total way of thinking is foreign to them.
So, instead of trying to fit in, we should hold our heads high in this foreign land, knowing that one day soon, we’ll be home. There, we can relax in the knowledge of our Father’s love, in knowing that we are finally where we belong. Until then, we can take comfort and pride in our identity as citizens of God’s kingdom.
Dear Father, Help me to be secure in my identity as Your child, even when I feel like the odd man out. Help me to introduce others to Your love, so they can be called Your children, as well.