So many people in their lifetime experience situations where they feel they are not accepted in the groups or communities they found themselves in.
I still remember when we were young kids and we would go to the recreational center to play football. If you were one of the less skilled ones you always knew that you will likely be the last one to be picked into a soccer, basketball or tennis team.
The team captains will almost be like, we are taking you to be part of our team but we will give you a less critical position.
It’s almost like they really didn’t want you as part of their team because you were not really good. In some instances they didn’t have a choice but to choose you so that the teams are even or so that they don’t have to look at your sad little countenance outside the football pitch. If there was an opportunity to pick another better player they would have picked that one and leave you.
In every stage of life there will always be networks and relationships surrounding you and it’s always a yearning for individuals to feel accepted. Why? Relationships are important to us and establishing good relationships is critical for a successful and happy life and future. We were also created for family and communities, to live together in harmony and unity and not just as loners.
People always want to feel accepted in their marriages, with their parents, relatives, church, workplace and with their friends.
It is however, more liberating to know and be reminded that as a believer of Jesus Christ your Father accepts you.
Eph.1.6 – To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
We as believers are accepted in the beloved. God accepts us as His own beloved sons and daughters [think on that – picture which can come to mind is when Jesus was being baptized and the Father said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Mat 3:17]. Jesus had not started His ministry and yet the Father was delighted and well pleased in His Son.
He adores you as His own workmanship. They may not be even much happening in your life right now but as a believer, settle it that “My Father approves and accepts me”
In fact He has your picture in His wallet!
I once asked the Lord “Why do you love me/us this much?”
The response to me from the Word was that we are His workmanship. Have you ever seen a work of art which is beautifully done and the owner of the creative art puts a signature besides to show that it’s my piece of work and l approve of it and l am fascinated about it.
It’s almost also like when a young man or woman writes a beautiful letter to their loved ones and before you give it to your mate, you will also be excited by the letter even if it’s not yours but for your mate.
We are God’s creation and yet He enjoys us because we are his masterpieces.
He is not ashamed to approve and one of the things He did was to seal us with the Holy Spirit.
Eph.1.13 – In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
The Holy Spirit of promise is like His signature that He has placed on us as His own.
Not only has He chosen and accepted us as believers, He has also planned in love for us to enjoy our temporary life here on earth. He chooses you, not because there is no more options left but He really chose to love us even before we knew that we were loved.
Once you are secured in your Father’s acceptance, you are never really bothered if people really accept you or not. It puts away all the insecurities and fears.
If part of your life you have wrestled to be accepted by other people, stay secure in that you are accepted in the beloved.
God likes and accepts you, dear believer!
If you are not a believer what a great time and opportunity to choose and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior
God’s Word promises, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9, 10). “For whosoever shall call upon the
name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). By His grace, God has already done everything to provide salvation. Your part is simply to believe and receive.
Pray out loud: “Jesus, I confess that You are my Lord and Savior. I believe in my heart that God raised You from the dead. By faith in Your Word, I receive salvation now. Thank You for saving me!”
The very moment you commit your life to Jesus Christ, the truth of His Word instantly comes to pass in your spirit. Now that you’re born again, there’s a brand-new you!