You’re Accepted

No one enjoys being shut out; being on the outside, looking in. Everyone enjoys having friends. Likewise, people love to have their accomplishments recognized and appreciated. Recently, I spoke to you about some Little City Lessons. Long ago, a wise man lived in a small town.

Today I want to tell you that you are excepted.

No one enjoys being shut out; being on the outside, looking in. Everyone enjoys having friends, people to share life with.

Likewise, people love to have their accomplishments recognized and appreciated. It feels good to accomplish something as an individual and as part of a team.It feels good to accomplish something as an individual and as part of a team.

I am also here to remind you that…

Rejection is Real.

Can you identify with rejection? Perhaps you have some characteristic or circumstance that causes people to look down on you. No one cares what you think. No one wants you on their team. Regardless of what you do, you can’t convince people to let you into their circle.

Right now, I want toRemind you that you are valuable. You are wanted. Even If no one on this earth wants you, God still wants you.

Jesus recognizes you as the valuable person that you are.

And now, you don’t have to worry about doing anything to become worthy to enter into God’s presence.

You are Qualified

Have you ever received mail that tells you you’re qualified to receive a special offer or a credit card?

Marketing companies screen consumer databases to find people who seem to meet their criteria. In most cases, not everyone who receives their offer actually qualifies for it.

Before they accept you, they make sure you qualify.

If you apply for a job, your potential employer will, most likely, verify your credentials.

In society, people form exclusive groups known as cliques. If you don’t qualify, the people in the clique won’t even consider you. They won’t let you in.

I can’t help you qualify for a loan or a job. I can’t vouch for you so that a clique will consider letting you in.

But I can tell you about…

God’s offer to you.

You are qualified for the most wonderful group in the world: The saints of God.

I don’t have to check your credit score or your background. I guarantee that you’re qualified to receive God’s grace.

Here’s what the Bible says:

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men…

Titus 2:11

Regardless of who you are, where you live, what’s you’ve done, what you have, or your socioeconomic status, you’re qualified to become a king and priest with God (Revelation 1:6).

You’re qualified to receive forgiveness, a fresh start, abundance, and blessings. You’re also qualified to receive everlasting life in Heaven with God.

He’s making you a…

Customized offer.

You don’t have to worry about whether God only forgives some sins. He knows who you are.

His blood can wash away your sin. His grace can guide you in your circumstances. His favor can help you fulfill your divine purpose.

God gives personalized attention to everyone. You are special to Him.

The Bible promises that

Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Acts 2:21

You are qualified to receive blessings from God, but

It’s your choice,

whether to call on Him. You are qualified, but no one will force you to receive his offer.

It’s kind of like if you received a credit card offer. You would have to respond to that offer before you can enjoy any of its benefits.

Similarly, you must respond to God’s offer.

God wants to save you. He wants to make you His child. You are qualified. But, He won’t force you to accept Him.

You must respond to the invitation.

Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Revelation 22:17

You must consciously decide to accept Jesus as your Saviour.

Whosoever believeth on him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

You also must acknowledge your need. The Bible says,

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners

1 Timothy 1:15

After all, why would you need a savior if you weren’t lost?

I want you to know that God’s offer of salvation is amazing, but it is…

An offer you can refuse.

You can become a child of God, enjoy God’s blessings, receive eternal life, and escape God’s wrath and Hell. Who could pass that up?

Many people do.

In Jesus’ words, this is

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Matthew 7:14

Jesus also tells us that many people love darkness rather than light (John 3:19). In other words, People Believe they already have the best deal possible for their life.

They are qualified to receive salvation from God, but they don’t want it. They don’t agree to God’s terms.

If you’ve ever signed up for a website, the website might ask you to accept their terms and conditions.

that’s how God works. If you don’t accept the terms and conditions, you can walk away.

Similarly, You can choose to accept God’s terms and become part of his family.

God’s terms.

From what I have already said, you might realize that some people never receive God‘s salvation.

Many are called, but few are chosen.

Matthew 22:14

But, Jesus also says,

Many… will seek to enter in, and shall not be able…

Luke 13:24

If you try to come to God but don’t accept his terms, God won’t save you, even though you are qualified.

Another thing you need to know about God’s offer of salvation is that…

It’s time sensitive.

Most special offers don’t last forever. You can only choose to accept them before they expire.

God’s offer works the same way. You can’t expect Him to save you on your timetable. You must accept Him now.

Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

2 Corinthians 6:2

Now, I want to tell you some good news. If you respond to God’s offer,

You are accepted!

That’s right.

It’s not like applying for college or to get a loan. You don’t have to wonder if you’re accepted or when you will receive the notice.

You are an excepted on the spot.

if he’s in chapter 1 verse six says that Jesus

Hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Ephesians 1:6

When you accept God’s offer of salvation, you belong to an exclusive club. You have a seat at the table.

It’s your seat

You belong. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Imagine a meeting of powerful men and women. Take, for instance, the Federal Reserve board. Now, imagine you walking into their meeting. They wouldn’t accept you there. They wouldn’t let you sit down. You don’t belong.

Recently, the President appointed a new justice to the Supreme Court. Without his approval and that of the Senate, no one can sit among that elite group.

I’m not trying to hurt your feelings. Only a few people will ever achieve a position with the Federal Reserve, Supreme Court, or any other elite organization.

But God gives you something better. He

Hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 2:6

When you accept salvation, God accepts you. He gives you a higher status than anything the world offers.

As part of God’s family, you have access to…

Exclusive benefits.

In ways similar to human organizations, membership in God’s family gives you access to special privileges. Think about the benefits you receive from your employer, AARP, the NRA, or your health insurance: God gives you a lot more!

To begin with, he becomes

A loving ally.

The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

God’s happy with you. He’s excited about you. When He thinks about you, He sings. When you face obstacles and adversaries, God will fight for you.

As part of God’s family, you have

Direct access to God.

You have a place among the righteous. You are the chosen.

Jesus, the Son of God gives you access to the Father. God’s Holy Spirit now intercedes on your behalf with “groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).

Another benefit of God‘s salvation is

Eternal Life.

In the natural, everyone dies. God doesn’t change that reality when you get saved.

However, God does change your disposition for the world to come.

Where you once were destined to feel God’s wrath and receive eternal torment in Hell (Revelation 20:15), God now gives you everlasting life in Heaven with Him.

This is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

1 John 2:25

In both this life and the next, God has exalted you to…

Royal status.

You have royal blood. You have royal DNA.

What manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: 

1 John 3:1

Your relationship with Jesus puts you in line to rule the world. The Bible says that Jesus has

Made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Revelation 5:10

I have said all this to let you know that you belong. You’re part of the most privileged, most empowered, most elite group in the universe: The redeemed.

Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

1 Peter 2:9

Yes. You are accepted!