From Outsider to Insider

by | Jun 4, 2024 | Acceptance, God's Love

“Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders.” (Ephesians 2:11 NLT)

Sometimes, we must live without others’ acceptance. We can’t move outsider to insider.

My family and I were always outsiders. Not because we were weird, unsociable, or had bad habits but because we hadn’t been born and raised in the town where my father pastored. Most others in the church were lifelong residents and related. Oh, we were loved and appreciated, but if it came down to it, they would forego our preferences because we were outsiders. Blood was thicker than water.

As a pastor, my family faced similar scenarios. We loved church members, and they loved us, but in the end, we were outsiders. We hadn’t been born there, and when the Lord called, we would leave. Their mentality was understandable.

Gentiles—anyone who wasn’t a Jew—were outsiders too. God chose the nation of Israel as his special people and gave them rules, regulations, and ceremonies. The Gentiles weren’t part of the community unless they became a Jew in practice. The division between Jew and Gentile remained for thousands of years until after the church’s birth. But in Christ, no distinction exists.

If I’m considered an outsider by God, I’ve chosen to remain separated from Him. We can be insiders any time we choose by simply acknowledging His Son’s death and resurrection and accepting His forgiveness. Because God gives us the opportunity to become an insider when we don’t deserve it, we should do the same for others. We can erect any number of walls to keep people out of our lives, but God wants us to let them in.

Being an outsider means missing out on things the insiders enjoy—love, understanding, membership privileges, forgiveness, kindness. But God breaks down the wall of separation, and we should too.

Who are the outsiders you need to invite in, and why haven’t you?

Prayer: Father, help us to love and include others as You do us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

By Martin Wiles


From Outsider to Insider