“To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved” (Eph. 1:6 NKJ).
Grace has made you accepted in the beloved. Though the Greek word translated as “accepted” in the verse above is really more about favor being bestowed than acceptance, being accepted in the Beloved is consistent with God’s grace. In fact, the first expression of grace in our lives is acceptance. Sin was the major reason why God rejected the offerings and sacrifices of people in the Old Testament.
Grace is a gift of God’s love to humanity—to all of us broken, sinful men and women. Despite the sins of humanity, God looks at us and still wants us. This is what acceptance really is. He looks at you, knows fully who you are, what you have done, and what you deserve, and still wants you! He extends an invitation to sinful humanity to come and take the gift of grace to cleanse our sins and take away the barrier. The worsts of sinners is welcome at the table. Acceptance creates a conducive environment for broken men and women to heal. It is a tremendous gift to every one of us. In His wonderful grace, God wants us. He then took a step to make us accepted through His Son’s sacrifice. You are not only accepted, but have been made accepted. He asked us to come to Him with our dirty shoes; He did not leave the dirty clothes on us but took them away and gave us a beautiful outfit! God wants us, even the vilest of us, and beautifies us when we come to Jesus. You are valuable to God in Christ. You are accepted. You have been made accepted!
How did God make us accepted? See Eph. 1:5-8.
APPLY THE WORD
A direct application of the Word above is that God is not rejecting sinners. He is not rejecting you, His child, because of sin. Do not run away from God when you fail, but rather run to Him! Be confident in His love for you today! If you mess up today, if everyone has thrown you off, including yourself, remember that He does not throw you off. He still wants you, even with all that mess, to make you accepted!
Thank the Lord for not rejecting you while you were still in sin. Ask the Spirit to help you fully understand and see yourself the way God sees you.
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