Perhaps you are wondering at this point: What is up with this girl’s obsession with aliens?
- I’ll be honest…One reason I chose “aliens” is because it’s a good bait-word. Seriously, would you have clicked on the blog if it just said “TCK Info”? No. Neither would I.
- I feel like “aliens” can accurately describe how TCKs typically feel in any environment. The word alien originally came from the latin word alienus which means “belonging to another”. Alius on its own literally means “other”. Sometimes we think of that “other” being from another planet, or we may think the more probable explanation of being from another country…But the point is, the alien is the odd one out. They don’t quite belong, because they belong to something else. TCKs are aliens. Sometimes that’s good, and sometimes it doesn’t feel good at all.
Normally I struggle to read my Bible. It can feel…boring? Sorry, I’m just saying it how it is.
BUT, every once in a while, I’ll read something that gets me really excited. Ephesians 2:19 did that for me, and I’ll admit that the only reason it got my attention was because it used the word “aliens”. See? It’s a great bait-word!
“So then, you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household.”
Ephesians 4:19 (NASB)
Disclaimer: This author is not talking to you, but don’t stop reading yet, I promise that this has more meaning!
For those of you who don’t know, Ephesians is a letter written by a missionary named Paul who lived in the years shortly after Jesus’ death. What makes this letter even more amazing is the fact that Paul was in jail when he wrote it!
The letter is written to a group of Christians that Paul knows in the city of Ephesus (Ephesians 1:1), a place where being a Christian could result in public execution by crucifixion or being mauled by lions. These Christian Ephesians were not part of the culture. Scratch that. These Christian Ephesians were REJECTED by their culture.
But this isn’t the only reason why the Ephesians may have felt like strangers. Paul was specifically referring to the fact that the Ephesians were not Jews, and yet were worshipping the God of Abraham…the God of Jews.
Paul has the Ephesians reflect on their history as Gentiles (non-Jews) without God.
“…remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.”
Ephesians 2: 12
And then comes Paul saying,
“You are no longer strangers and aliens….”
How does this relate to us non-Ephesians? Paul MAKES it relate to us by what he says next
But now in Christ Jesus, you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall..
When we have chosen to follow Jesus, we are all joined together into one group, one culture…
“…you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household.”
You heard him! We have a HOME…And for those who have chosen to follow Jesus, there is nothing that can take us away from that.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve lived overseas or if you’ve lived in the same house all your life.
Have you EVER felt out of place? Have you EVER felt like you didn’t belong? Of course you have!
With Christ, You are no longer a stranger or an alien.
Have you ever felt like you “belonged to another”?
You do….You belong to the household of God.
You belong to Jesus.
Peace out my friends, and have a great weekend!
I have some great TCK interviews coming up that I can’t WAIT to share with you!