1 Peter 2:10 - Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
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Have you ever been the odd person out? Maybe at one time you’ve been the fifth person in a group of two couples. Maybe you’ve been the eleventh person left after a pickup game of basketball and teams have been chosen. Maybe you’ve just felt out of place in a room full of people or maybe even in a relationship with another person. It’s not easy feeling like you are out of place or out of sorts.
In this world, as a believer, you will feel out of place, you should feel out of place. In fact, as a believer in this world, if you ever start to feel too comfortable and aligned, a re-evaluation of your heart and motives may be needed. The one place that we can and should feel connected is with other Christ followers together, and in the Lord’s presence.
Peter tells believers that they are aliens and strangers in this world, but they are a chosen royal priesthood belonging to God. They are and should be out of sorts with this world, the odd person out. However, they are a people with an everlasting identity, irrevocably connected to one another through the presence of God.
Don’t feel too at home today in this world. Remember, you are passing through to your everlasting destiny. Once you were out of sorts and not belonging - now, you are royally connected with a citizenship that gives you eternal belonging.