The worldly are constantly looking for acceptance. They are desperate for a sense of belonging, a place in this world; a tribe, a group they can join and feel wanted. This need for acceptance starts at home, continues through school, college into the workplace. It’s a hopeless life, to live in a state of inadequacy and loneliness.
The godly on the other hand, have a clear way to live, full of hope. The boundaries are set, the truth is absolute. The foundation is sure.
Yet, many believers are found short of their calling and lost in the world. The lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life are a constant source of burden for them. They aren’t letting go because they still want some pleasures of the old life. This internal fight leaves them struggling to keep the faith and fellowship with God.
It’s not that God has rejected a believer. The believer out of his own choosing because of sin or disobedience is found outside of God’s favour or acceptance.
How to be accepted by God?
Sharing only 3 ways to be approved by God.
Grow in wisdom
Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and found favour among God and man (Luke 2:52). How to grow in wisdom? Do what Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12-16. To be an example in every area of life. Jesus is our best example, when we keep our eyes fixed on Him we grow in the wisdom of God. Jesus is wisdom (Proverbs 8).
Be a holy, living sacrifice to be accepted
Our reasonable service is to offer ourselves to the ONE who offered Himself for us (Romans 12:1,2). Out of His great mercy and compassion He saved us. The choice we make to love Him is a lifestyle that aligns with His perfect Word. Like Jesus did the will of the Father, believers need to follow the footsteps of the perfect role model for this life.
Live for God wholeheartedly, cheerfully
Cain wasn’t accepted because he did not give the best of what he was blessed with by God from off his produce (Genesis 4:5,7). His lack of heart sent him into a backslidden state which resulted in the deadly sin of killing his own brother. God loves a cheerful giver, be it spiritually, physically or monetarily for the glory of God (2 Corinthians 9:7).
In the last days, many will lose their lives to making merry, indulge in carnal friendships and enjoying the lusts of this world. Openly rejecting and living in rebellion to God’s word.
The grace of God has kept us thus far. What choices are you making in life? Arise in God’s love. Shine for Jesus. He is coming soon for His faithful bride. Praise the Lord and Amen!