My life has had a number of climactic moments where I found myself on the outside of groups or in relationships to people I desperately sought acceptance from. The quest became: how do I move from excluded to included, from the outside to belonging?
In Christ, I am accepted by God because of Christ’s intervening work on the cross, not only forgiving my sin, but providing an identity that withstands the ups and downs of life. Because Jesus intervened, I not only belong to the Father, but I belong to His people, the Church. I belong to God and His people; today and forever.
When my heart strays and I find myself laboring under the pressure of performance-based belonging, I remind myself that the pressure is off, I belong, my heart is at home.