I’ve heard it preached several times on being an encourager and how important it is to pour encouragement into another person. Part of one sermon mentioned “not fitting in“. It’s about that feeling of not being accepted attending certain churches. I can relate to that.
Most of the churches where I was a member were nice for a bit, but if something happened or after people got used to me, I was treated differently. I’m not saying I need constant attention, I’m just saying that I don’t like cliques and my life generally isn’t like most at least my testimony and where I came from when I met Jesus.
You may also have felt like an outcast in your church as I have. This can be for a few reasons: (1) we have to deal with different personalities and no matter how much we love The Lord, we’re all human and we have faults; and (2) maybe we’re more introverted than others. The important thing that I wish we would all keep in mind is having a different personality doesn’t mean it’s wrong. It’s okay to be introverted and enjoy our time alone as much as being extroverted and enjoying being in a crowd. We should not isolate others just because they’re different from us.
Jesus experienced rejection as well. He tried to heal people not just their physical infirmities. He tried to get the people to see their own sins and repent but many did not. They only wanted out of their current situations and they weren’t buying the whole gospel Jesus was preaching. He walked alone many times so He understands when we’re rejected too. And, more than that He will not reject us. The only thing He rejects is sin and living in sin.
God doesn’t always like the choices we make, but that doesn’t negate His loving us. When we surrender to Him, He grooms us to better, stronger Christians. He also doesn’t want His church to create cliques and clubs that we create distinctions among the congregation. Some of us come out of many different lifestyles when we get saved, some of us had great upbringings and never wanted for much while some of us were poor growing up. Some were born on the best side of town to wonderful parents while others come from the projects in the worst side of town to a single parent working two jobs to survive.
Whatever and wherever we come from, when we come to Jesus, we are new creations. And, to Him we’re all on the same level, we’re sheep who desperately need a shepherd.