Do you ever feel out of place? Like you just don't belong? Maybe when you're visiting with a group of acquaintances, and you just can't seem to relate to them? Or in the midst of an evening out with some of your best friends, and you just can't help but wonder if there's something more? You might have even felt it in the company of your own family during a holiday gathering.
Have you been there? You don't have to be a black sheep to feel this way. In fact, I imagine most sheep, despite their color, feel this way from time to time. A good deal of this experience can be accredited to the fact that we simply aren't at home in this world. We just don't belong.
Peter, a follower of Jesus Christ, wrote:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade — kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:3-5 NIV).
You see, followers of Christ are anticipating something more, something wonderful. We're aching for a better life! We press on in this world even though we feel out of place. We have every thing to live for because Jesus gives us hope, life in him and a future in heaven!