Accepted in Christ
“...to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:6
Performance-based acceptance is something we can all identify with. To desire to be accepted to is to be human. And when we are rejected, it can be devastating to many different degrees. We try so hard to be accepted by others, we tend to forget the most necessary acceptance needed is the one that comes from God in the salvation only found in Jesus Christ.
When we come to the Gospel and come to the Cross, we don’t bring our own works or accomplishments in order to earn acceptance from God. In fact, the Bible is clear that your greatest good works are filthy rags in comparison to the holiness of God (Isaiah 64:6). The Hebrew word for rags is “iddah”, which translates into, “the bodily fluids from a woman's menstrual cycle.” Disgusting, yes. But think of trying to offer God something like that? Well, sister, that’s exactly what you are doing in a sense when you believe anything outside the imputed righteousness of Christ Jesus will be accepted for your atonement - even your own ability to do and be “good”.
If you are in Christ you are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Your acceptance from the Father has been won by the Son and is sealed by the Spirit. You did nothing to earn it, and you cannot do anything to lose it. What a mind-blowing and humbling gift the Gospel of grace is. It is a free gift, and it is one that none of us can boast in our own merit because we did nothing to deserve it (Ephesians 2:8-9). If God only ever gave you your salvation and not a another single gift, you have reason to rejoice all the way to glory. The King of Kings has claimed you as His own, and He promises to never cast you out (John 6:37). The world’s acceptance can never hold a candle to being accepted as a child of God.
Father God, the gift of salvation is so mind blowing. Thank You for adopting us, accepting us, and loving us as Your children in Christ. He paid our debt so we can become His righteousness. Remind us that we need not the world’s acceptance nor any other, as long as we have You. In Christ’s name, Amen.
Do you find your acceptance in things other than Christ?