A few weeks ago my mom got me this really cool t-shirt by “Not Of This World“. Apparently, it’s this Christian apparel company. I recognized the logo, I’d seen it pasted onto the bumper of cars before, but I confess, I’d never knew what the logo meant until now. I always wondered what that little symbol was…
That logo got me thinking. It’s true, we really aren’t of this world… we belong to God’s kingdom. See, this makes me very happy because like a lot of people in this generation, I’m mixed with multiple cultural backgrounds. Technically, my history can be traced back to three different continents! Growing up and even now, I do feel part of the country I was born in, but when it comes to my background, it has been hard to fit in.
I’d always had this desire to physically look like I belonged to a certain people or race. I used to want to represent a place to the point where people would know where I was from just by looking at my features, what I wore or even by how I talked.As people, it’s in our nature to want to belong. We connect with people who have shared interests, or sometimes we relate more to people who look like us. Even people that aren’t mixed have probably experienced the feeling of not being always accepted and struggling to fit into this world.
What does that mean if we are part of God’s kingdom? Like I said before, it’s good news! As children of God, we do have a place we belong to, we have a culture and community we can call family and furthermore, we can represent and look like we come from God’s kingdom. I’m not talking about what you wear or how you do your hair because in God’s kingdom, you belong not because of your outward appearance but because of your inward appearance. Our passport to His kingdom has been paid for in love and by love, we reflect God’s Kingdom.So Princesses, anytime you feel like you don’t belong, or are having trouble fitting in, just remember there is a place where you do belong… tucked away in God’s arms, nestled close to His heart, sitting on His lap as He sits on His throne. You are His beautiful child and you will always have a home in Him and a place in His kingdom.
I found this scripture from John 17: 13-16-
I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.