“You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people.”
We all have a need to belong, and to be a part of a community. Each of us may have many acquaintances and be involved in a number of organizations, but that’s not quite the same thing as truly belonging to something.
Paul’s statement was essentially to assure the early Christians in Ephesus that being “in Christ” through faith made them part of the community of God’s people. The same is true for us today. God’s community is the church, and every one of us who is a follower of Jesus needs to feel a home in the church with other believers in Christ.
Now, we all know that’s not always easy. There are many times when we feel like strangers in the church. Sometimes the church is not as welcoming as one would expect, and there is a tendency to want to give up on it.
But a place in God’s community is actually a gift from God to us. Being part of a church family is one of God’s ways of keeping us in line as disciples. So as we navigate our way through the difficulties of church, we also need to remember to help others along. We must remember that outside of the welcoming committee, each of us is called to be an instrument in God’s hand to welcome others.
Dear God, thank you for welcoming us into Your household of faith. Help me to be a better agent for You even if I feel others in my church could have treated me better. Amen.