Have you ever felt like you were the one who was “on the outside” of the group? Have you ever felt like you were left out? Certainly there have been times in all of our lives where we didn’t feel included, were left out, or missed out on an event that we wish we could have been a part of.
I’m reminded of Mark 5, where Jesus comes to the home of Jairus. There was a crowd there, weeping, and full of unbelief. Jesus tells them that Jairus’ daughter was not dead, and that she was only sleeping. If you remember the story, upon hearing Jesus’ words, the crowd “laughed him to scorn” (vs. 40).
What Jesus does next is touching. He takes Jairus, his wife, and only a few of the disciples into the room. The Bible tells us that Jesus “put out” all those that laughed at his words!
Jesus takes those select few, and they watch as Jesus says to Jairus’ 12 year old daughter, “I say unto thee, arise” (vs. 41). Those select few people, who were full of faith, got to see what others did not get to see! They got to be “on the inside!” They watched as Jesus brought this girl back to life, and the Bible says that they watched “with a great astonishment” (vs. 42).
As Christians, I am thankful that there are times in life where we get to see what no one else gets to see. If you know Jesus as Savior, then you get to be on the inside! There will be times when God allows us to see His hand, His blessings, and His protection in a way that others simply do not understand. What joy and hope we have being IN Christ!
For the Christian, we have something far better than just having “good luck” – we have God’s hand! He is always working, He is always with us, and He will always draw nigh to them that draw nigh to Him.
You may have been left out, kicked out, or you may have even missed out with the world! But with God, if you’re His child, you are on the inside! And by the way, if you’re on the inside, you’re on the winning side!
Psalms 105:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.