Accepted in the Beloved

6th February 2022

Christ for Youth International

“To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:6 NKJV

‭‭To accept something or someone is to regard favourably or with approval. Some believers struggle to fully partake of their Godly inheritance after becoming born again because they still do not regard themselves as worthy of God’s acceptance.

In human interactions, people often wear themselves out in an attempt to be accepted by others or to curry favour with them. It is therefore not surprising that we sometimes carry this perception of a “performance-based acceptance” with God. When we come to Christ, we are fully accepted because of the high price Christ paid for our salvation. As children already accepted by God, we should allow Him to live His life through us, and not the other way round. We need not try to win His acceptance by ‘striving’ to live for Him.

It is easy to think that God, who knows each of us inside out, will hold us to humanly impossible standards before He can call us ‘His own’ or ‘accepted.’ Wouldn't a God who knows our past shortcomings and even our pending mistakes raise His “bar of acceptance”? Not at all. The good news is that our Father does no background checks. He invites us to come as we are. His only criterion is that we accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour. It is in experiencing His boundless love that we are transformed.

And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”(Matthew‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬).

Our acceptance is affirmed in the person of God’s BELOVED, Christ. In Christ, we experience the full realisation of God’s love. Even if we tried to talk ourselves out of deserving God’s love for any reason, it would be impossible to do so with Christ in the picture. As members of Christ’s body, we are also accepted before the Father.

Finally, not only are we accepted, but are deeply loved and regarded favourably by the Father. Believe it or not, God’s perfect love for Jesus is the same love He has for you and every believer (see John 17:23). We are members of God’s household. We are not left on our own to fend for ourselves. In Christ, God’s beloved, we too are highly favoured, treasured and accepted into God’s family. People may reject us or look down on us, the enemy may attack us with thoughts of worthlessness, but we must boldly walk in our inheritance as children ACCEPTED in the Beloved, Christ.

Thank You Father for loving me unconditionally and accepting me even when I feel unworthy and undeserving of Your love. Help me to continue walking in Your love, guilt-free and unashamed so that I can love and serve You whole-heartedly in Jesus' name. Amen.

Further Reading: Zephaniah 3:17, Eph 2:19–20

Bible In One Year: Exodus [31–34]

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