ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED
Have you ever encountered a new “people group” and desperately wanted to fit in? How do you befriend your new found peers? “Maybe I can single out the leader or most influential one. Perhaps if I can be of assistance to someone, invite one to lunch, or call and befriend an individual,” is what crosses your mind. All intentions and actions based on the thought of merely becoming accepted. Stop. What is the Holy Spirit saying to your spirit.
In this day and hour with so many demands Christian people have on them, it is so easy to fall into the trap of wanting to please everybody. Sometimes we as Christians are not able to say no. We tend to give in to every request that anyone and everyone asks of us. We feel if we don’t make an effort to meet all of their needs we are disappointing them.
This feeling comes from deep within ourselves. We don’t want to disappoint people. It comes from a deep need to be accepted. I am not saying that it is wrong to want to be accepted, but sometimes the devil will plant seeds of lies of rejection and our minds will cultivate them. Before we know it we have been deceived into thinking that we are worthless, useless, and on good to anyone. These lies are from the father of lies, and if we believe a lie, we will be bound to that lie. It creates a negative cycle. the more we believe the lies, the more despondent we become, and the more despondent we become, the more belief we place in these lies. it is like a whirlpool. It sucks us into itself, and before we know it the devil has us in his control.
Wherein does our true acceptance lie? Although we by nature need to be accepted by our fellow man, is the highest measure that we look to make us know and feel that we are somebody? A thousand times NO! God’s Holy word says in Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and and the finisher of our faith. He is the one that we must first look to for our acceptance. He is our measuring rod and our model in which we follow, and no one else.
Let’s take a closer look at this man and see how His acceptance affected His life. One the many passages that confirmed Jesus was accepted of the Father is found in Luke 3:21-22
“Now when all the people were baptized it came to pass that Jesus also being baptized and praying, the heavens were opened and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him and a voice came form heaven, which said, Thou are my beloved Son, in thee I am well pleased.”
Jesus knew the Father had accepted Him and that was all that counted with him. He knew who he was. He knew his purpose, and He knew what his mission was. the fact that He was rejected of men, Isaiah 3:3, did not side track Him or even slow Him down. He was a man of purpose. He knew what He had to accomplish, and knowing that He was accepted by the Father was part of what enabled Him to carry it out. Jesus not only knew that He was accepted, but He knew that He was loved. John 17:24
“For thou has loved me before the foundation of the world.” In that Jesus knew that He was loved., He extended that love to us. “John 3:26. That the love wherewith thou has loved me may be in them and I in them.
John 3:16 declares that the Father loved us so that he sent his son in order for us to be accepted. The Son loved us so, and wanted us to be accepted so much that He willingly gave His life for us. We must know that our acceptance is not based on what we do or don’t do. It is not based on how well or poorly we perform, but it is based on what He did. The issue is not us but Him. Since it is based on what He did, let’s look more closely at this. II Corinthians 8:9 ” For we know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though he was rich, yet for your sake He became poor that you though His poverty might be rich.”
Beloved, this is only the beginning of what He did for us. He not only became poor, so we could be rich, but according to Isaiah 53, He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, “Surely He has born our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God.”
Not only was He rejected of men for our sake, but He appeased the Father for us. According to Galatians 3:13 he was cursed that we might be blessed and now we can approach the Father with a confidence that we are just as accepted as the begotten Son. Through the work of the cross, Jesus has made a way for the father to accept us. Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of his glory of his Grace, wherein he has made us accepted of the beloved.”
Colossians 1:22 says that because of Jesus we are holy, unblamable, and unreprovable, in His sight. We have been so accepted by Jesus Christ, and the Father, that we have become a brother to Jesus. Hebrews 2:11 “For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one, for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.”
You can find fulfillment in thou life when you know you have been accepted by him. Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away your confidence, which has great recompense of reward.” Don’t throw it away! It’s too valuable.
Matthew 27:51 states that when Jesus gave up the ghost the veil of the temple was rent from top to bottom. Now we have full acceptance of the Father. so I ask you, Why do you continue to sew up a veil that He has already rent?
When you know you have been accepted it the beloved, you can have unshakable peace.
By Dr.David & Carliss Prosser