Main Entry: 1 ac.cept.ed
Pronunciation: \ ik- ‘sept ed \
Definition: generally approved
“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7)
Being accepted is the state of being one who is accepted by God. Throughout the Bible, the word accepted is often associated with the ability to be accepted by God. In the Old Testament, the way that people were accepted by God was by offering Him an unblemished sacrifice designed to cover their sins so that they would be acceptable in God’s presence. When the proper sacrifice was made, God accepted the offering and subsequently accepted the person that offered the sacrifice. In the New Testament, those of us who have accepted the sacrifice of Jesus’ life for our sins have the benefit of being accepted because of the proper sacrifice that has been made for us through Jesus.
Jesus lived a perfect life on earth. He died on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins. He was buried in a grave confirming His death, rose from the dead and appeared to over 500 people demonstrating His power to forgive. He gave us victory over sin and eternal death. If you put your faith in Christ’s sacrifice for your life, you will be saved from the sins of your past, present, and future and be fully accepted into the family of God forever. You will be approved of by God – not because of the good things you do – but because of the perfect work that Christ has done.
Being accepted by God through the sacrifice of Christ releases us to accept other as they are, as we have been accepted by the God of all creation. Often, when we do not feel accepted, we reject others to feel better about ourselves. Cain struggled with this challenge in the Old Testament. Cain’s brother, Abel, offered God a better sacrifice and Cain resented Abel so much, he killed him because his offering was accepted by God. God responded to his sin by saying:
“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:7)
You will be accepted today by doing the only thing you can do to be right with God: accept the sacrifice of His son, Jesus, for your sins by inviting Him into your life to be your forgiver and leader. You can do this by praying this simple prayer:
God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I have broken your law deserving death and punishment, but today I accept the sacrifice of your son Jesus for my sins. I believe that He died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead to give me new life. Jesus, I am asking you to come into my life. Change me. Transform me. Renew me. Make me a new creation. Be my savior and my leader, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
If you have already accepted Christ as your Savior, pray this prayer:
Lord, I have not accessed all of the benefits that you made available to me by dying on the cross. The issue of acceptance was settled when I accepted you as my Savior, as I was accepted by your Father. Help me to live today, knowing that you accept me even when others choose not to, as your acceptance is what is most important in life.
Statement of Being: Today, I will choose to be accepted because God has accepted me into His family!
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