See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason that the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.

1 John 3: 1


You know, estrangement and isolation are not all bad. Living as a stranger in this world is also fine if this sense of separation is due to our movement away from our old way of being and toward God and into His righteousness. There is a tension that exists between God and the evil that has taken temporary residence here in our world. We can feel it when we are conflicted between doing what Christ tells us is right and what may seem best for us at a given moment. These are times when the border war for our hearts has flared up into open conflict.


We are all born into allegiance to God’s enemy; yet, even while we are so aligned, God sees us as beloved children, as lost sheep. He calls, and He comes searching, and He never stops loving us. Christ’s blood placed the official seal on our adoption papers; thus, we already have a new home for our hearts and our souls with God. All that is left for us to do is to accept that gift by allowing Jesus in and by trusting Christ with our lives. Then we become fully invested members of God’s family. We are children of God in every sense and with all of the entitlements that go with that status.


Our place and our purpose in this life changes, too. We are given the role of peacemakers; we are commissioned to seek an end to the strife that exists everywhere in this world by bringing the news of God’s love to conflicted people. True peace is found when our relationship with God is active and alive, and it is this peace with Him that matters totally. We need to embrace the strangeness of this world in that the more we move into the center of God’s will and the better we know His love, the more He will place us into contact with people who need to be loved by God. Then we can let people see the difference in us, allow them to know us in our estrangement from the world. Christ leads us to help them see the way to this new life of living inside of God’s total love.