Where Are You On God’s Acceptance Scale?

Acceptance is a big deal for lots of folks. We want to be accepted by our co-workers, by our managers, by our friends, our spouses, our children. Some of us crave acceptance in any form and feel unworthy, unpopular, dejected, even depressed when we don’t feel accepted. In a crowd we can feel like the outsider, the fifth wheel, out-of-place if we don’t feel accepted.

God has a scale He uses to decide how acceptable we are to Him. Look at the illustration below:

Here are some things to think about:

  • Have you committed adultery before?
  • Do you lie to your friends or family about your personal life?
  • Do you abuse your spouse or children?
  • Are you hateful to some of your co-workers you don’t like?
  • Do you spend working hours surfing the Internet?
  • Do you take copy paper and other office supplies home from work?
  • Do you gossip? Do you cheat? Do you fudge on your taxes or your giving?
  • Do you watch X or R rated movies or surf pornography on the Internet?
  • Are you unkind or non-accepting of your spouse or children?

These are just a few things you can do that go against God’s law. How many times do you have to lie to become a liar? Where would that place you on God’s scale? How many pens do you take home from the office to be a thief?  How many times do you have to cheat on your spouse to be an adulterer?

Just one.

In your evaluation, are you thinking, “I haven’t done too many things against God. I go to church and pray and read the Bible and serve on seven committees and help little old ladies across the street. That should get me about an 8.5 or a 9 with God.”

Or maybe you’re thinking, “God would never accept me. I believe in God, but I’ve done some horrible things in my life and I’m ashamed. I’m not acceptable to God at all. I’m a zero.”

Both of you would be wrong, according to what God says in His word.

God’s word says, “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23) The penalty for just one sin, any sin, is death, eternal separation from God for eternity. The rest of that verse tells you where you are on the scale and what your number is. “but the FREE gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.

If you claim Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are “in Christ” and your number is a 10. If you are a 10, you will forever be a ten (10). If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior your number on God’s Acceptance Scale would be zero (0). But there is hope for you. Stay tuned.

Many 10’s stay caught up in performance based acceptance, believing they have to do a bunch of stuff to gain or improve God’s acceptance when they already have it.

There are no three’s or five’s or nine’s on God’s Acceptance Scale. Just zeros and tens. You can’t do anything good enough to be accepted by God. There’s no such thing as a “good” Christian. If there was a “good” Christian, there would have to be a “better” Christian or a “best” Christian, or a “bad” Christian. We’re the ones who compare our Christianity with that of another (which, by the way, is a sin). God’s acceptance of us is based on who we are, not what we do. And when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we become children of God and He adopts us into His family for eternity.

“For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Because we are in Him we are totally acceptable to God!” Galatians 3:27

Now, are you going to believe what you think about yourself or what God says about you?

Are you a zero now, today? Do you not know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?  Would you like to know more about Jesus and how you can live for eternity with Him rather than live for eternity totally separated from Him? Would you like to learn how to go from 0 to 10 in less than a minute? Just follow this link. It just might change your life forever.

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Published by Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.

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  1. In God’s eyes I’m a ten. In my eyes I’m waaaaaaaaay down on the other end. Good thing for me and all the rest of us that what is important is what God thinks! 🙂

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  2. Hi Steven I always use Scripture to confirm when I share God’s Truth if people refute what I’m sharing they are refuting them not me.I agree with you Salvation is a free gift will be shown in our words and actions.
    So what does it mean to believe in Jesus Christ what makes us a member of God’s Family, what does Jesus say…

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free
    indeed.

    John 3:2-4 . Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be Born Again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.

    John 3:5- 7 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be Born Again.

    So what does it mean to be Born Again and who is The Living Word of God …

    1 Peter 1:23 Being Born Again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

    John1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.

    When we are Born Again of God’s seed our words and actions will they show we have incorruptible seed.

    1 John 3:1-11 ( 9 ) No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.

    Believing in Jesus is more then just words it will be shown in our lives the same as Salvation is a free gift but is accepted and shown by heart repentance, which means we turn away from evil and do good by the empowering of The Holy Spirit.

    Christian Love Anne

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      1. Thank you for your comments and for stopping by to read. I’m afraid I don’t understand what you mean by being Japanese and walking (or working) in Tokyo. Can I help you understand better what I’m talking about? If so, please contact me by leaving another comment. I will be happy to help you understand if I can.

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  3. Thanks for the thoughts, Susan. And I agree, it’s wonderful to be a 10. Bo Derek may have been a 10 with her looks at one time, but she certainly isn’t now. Isn’t it wonderful that as God’s 10’s we just keep getting better and better every day as He sanctifies us. Praise God. I wonder if Bo Derek has accepted Christ? Given Hollywood’s culture I doubt it. But she’ll have till her dying breath to change her mind.
    Have a blessed day and thanks for the comment.

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  4. This is great! The conviction that we all sin and fall short of the glory of God is difficult for some people to accept. When you have broken one Commandment, you’ve broken all of them. The Perfection we possess is in Christ, and in Christ alone. It is wonderful to be a ’10’….spiritually (next to Bo Derek I would qualify with a negative 10).

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