You Belong: 3 Biblical Truths to Help You Know You Belong is a Guest Post by Nikki Evanson
As long as I could remember, I struggled with a deep sense of not belonging.
I never felt like I belonged in my family growing up and it led me to feel like I had no place in the world either. At gatherings, the causal question of “where are you from?” made me cringe, knowing that it might lead to more in-depth questions about my past.
I don’t know how you feel about that question, but it provoked anxiety in me and brought up pain.
I felt damaged, and it was hard to relate to others or even want to.
It was best to just smile and nod when others were sharing their stories.
I felt lost and crippled in my wanting to belong.
I felt hopeless because my story would never change.
I craved to be like everyone else. I wanted to fit in and be able to share stories of happy moments like others did… but that was not my story.
You Are Not Alone
Do you feel that about your story too?
It’s hard to feel like you don’t belong or have a place in the world. But you don’t have to feel like you’re alone in this.
Although we have our struggles, when we choose to follow Jesus, we don’t have to feel like we don’t belong because of our stories. We can feel a sense of belonging always when we soak in the truths of the word of God and how we belong to Him.
3 Biblical Truths to Help You Know You Belong
Here are three Biblical truths that can bring certainty for you to know that you do belong.
1. You are Adopted
We are adopted into a new family when we are a follower of Jesus, which enables us to feel a deep sense of belonging because He always has a place for us and wants to be with us. You belong to God and He desires your presence always. We read this truth in Ephesians 1:5 (NIV), which says that “he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—” God saved a place for us and rejoices that He can call us his daughters. It was always his plan and it’s His greatest joy to have you a part of His family.
2. You are a New Creation
In 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) we read “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” As daughters of a great king, we are renewed in Christ. You can feel secure in your sense of belonging because He has a new life for you, where whatever happened in the past doesn’t dictate your future. We have a new story that is written for us and we can put the past behind us. We don’t have to think about the past but look to the future with delight, knowing that Jesus has a bright future for us. We can look forward to the new life and know that we belong because Jesus is guiding you in every way in this new chapter for goodness to take place.
3. You are Loved
Jesus has always seen you and craved to have a relationship with you. He always wanted to show you your place.
In Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV) we read “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.’”
He always wanted you to know that He loves you and wanted you. He wants you to know that He saw you from the beginning and was always there. His love settles our hearts to feel secure, knowing that no matter what happens or what happened in the past that we were always wanted and have a place.
You can feel confident knowing that you have a place in this world and in the family of God. You have always had a place; when you open your heart up to the truth of what God’s word says about you, you will never question it again.
You are His treasured, loved child… and it’s the best place to be.
Join the Conversation
What about you? Do you have a story to share about not belonging? What truths have settled your heart to know that you belong? Share in the comments below!
About the Author
Nikki Evanson is a wife, mother and—first and foremost—a grateful believer in Jesus Christ. She is the author of the blog Heart Wounds Healed (nikkievanson.com), which she created with the intention to help and minister to women who follow Jesus; to help them deal with the hurts in their hearts so that they can grow closer and deeper in their relationships with Jesus. You can connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.