Acceptance

Acceptance

I’ll never forget the piercing words of a professor, Dr. Carson, during a seminary chapel service many years ago. He said, “How could He love me so much after knowing me so well?”  Even today, these words cause me to stop and consider my place before a Holy God. How could He accept me after all I have done, and all that I still do? Thankfully, the Bible teaches that my acceptance before God is not based on what I have or have not done, but solely on what Christ has done in my place. Even if I were the most saintly human being in the entire world, I would still be lacking in comparison to God’s holiness and His standard of perfection. Through Christ, I have been made perfect and it is because of His grace and forgiveness that I am accepted.

Do you occasionally struggle with God’s acceptance? Perhaps your life prior to becoming a Christian was horrendous and shameful. Like me, you’re thinking “How could He love me so much after knowing me so well?” Be reminded that God’s Grace is sufficient to cover even the worst of our past. Consider that there is nothing we can do to compensate for the sin that has separated us from a perfect God. Understand that His forgiveness flows from His love for us, which is why He gave his Son to die even before we were born. On the day we received His forgiveness, He welcomed us into His presence. Paul wrote that God showed His Great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). He also said, nothing…will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39). We are accepted through Christ!

Our workplace challenge is to stop struggling with acceptance. God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love--not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins (I John 4:9:10). What a glorious promise. We can live everyday free from the weight of our past or present sin. You are accepted by Him and for His Glory.