to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
Often in society people try to get accepted into a group because they want the status that comes with that acceptance. They want to feel like they belong. I remember an episode on the Andy Griffith Show where Andy and Barney were offered the opportunity to become a part of a men’s club in Raleigh. Barney was all excited because getting accepted in his eyes would mean people would look up to them. He was trying to find value and worth in life based on what others thought of him. They were rejected because of the way he had acted when they went to their first meeting. When we come to God based on our faith in what Christ has done for us we become accepted as a part of God’s family. It is not based on our actions, but on what Jesus did for us and all we have to do is receive Him into our hearts by faith. When we do we are part of the family. We can now once again find our value and worth not in what others think of us, but in our Father and what He has done to make us a new creation. Don’t try to be accepted by God on your own merit, for once you put your faith in Jesus Christ and make Him the Lord of your life you are already accepted by Him.