It’s Monday Grace!
There was a time for most of us when it meant a great deal to be accepted into a group. When the group accepted us, we had value. That was important.
And it is still important. I doubt that we ever really grow out of the need to be accepted. We know ourselves through the eyes of others. They are the mirror that helps us understand who we are. To be accepted is to be acceptable, of worth. The old saying is that everyone needs to be somebody to somebody.
But this competitive and consuming world seems to do its best to put us down. We are used for what others can get and made to feel of little value. We are constantly told and shown that others don’t think like us and don’t really need us.
To feel unaccepted is to feel alone and worthless.
Now, I could go into a long exposition of Scripture to show how God has made us acceptable. He has reached into our broken lives to pull us to Himself and show us that we are accepted by Him. But I can do something even better. I can give you a new word for yourself.
You are more than accepted—you are chosen!
Look through the Bible sometime to see how often it speaks of God choosing His people. Those who come to Jesus for salvation are chosen. God wanted us. God did whatever it would take to save us.
I know that some people will almost instantly take this into the theological discussion and bring up things like predestination and election and blah-blah-blah. That misses the point. It really does. Look at the texts. When God speaks of choosing us, what is He saying? He is saying that He values us, He wants us. It isn’t that He doesn’t want others. Don’t let the beauty of the truth be lost in the mess of the debate. That’s a distraction. He wants you. He chose you.
Being chosen is far beyond being accepted. When we were young, and through much of our lives, we have felt that we were accepted almost begrudgingly, like the others had to take us in. Even being accepted didn’t settle the devaluing we felt in our hearts because we still thought we didn’t measure up. But being chosen, being wanted, that’s where the joy is found.
Jesus went to the cross to save you because He chose you. He suffered because He wanted you. You have great value in His heart.
Listen: it is good and right to live in the joy of being chosen by the Almighty God. Lift up your head and smile! It is not a matter of pride, but of truth. He loves you!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6 (NKJV)