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?
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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