“For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord, there in the land the entire house of Israel will serve me, and there I will accept them. There I will require your offerings and your choice gifts, along with all your holy sacrifices.” (Ezekiel 20:40)
God elected Israel to have a people who would worship only Him and would know Him in intimate relationship as the only God. He worked in love and wrath to lead them freely to conform to His will.
God gives us salvation by accepting us as we serve Him, beloved. Acceptance is an appropriate human response to God’s salvation. Salvation requires our acceptance of God’s acceptance. Clear enough?
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You accepted us first, so that we would understand not only what acceptance meant, but also so we would understand the importance of Your acceptance towards us. Thus, we are still committed to You, the Living God, through Your Son and our Savior Jesus Christ. It is this commitment, that we accept You and seek to serve Only You, Abba. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Don’t crawl when your spirit wants to soar!”
“He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receives a prophet’s reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” (Matthew 10:40-42)
Jesus’ message will not be received by everyone, for the gospel runs at cross purposes with the values and vision of he world. Thus, in some cases it will cause conflict. His call reverses worldly priorities. Family members who do not accept Christ’s invitation to the cross will fight against those who do. Jesus did not intend to cause conflict, but he natural reaction of the unbeliever is to oppose all who live for Christ’s message. Those who received God’s call to the cross also receive the Son and the Father who sends them. We manifest our acceptance of God’s Son by our acceptance of His children.
“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James4:8-10)
Beloved, acceptance of God means coming near Him in repentance and with deep grief over our sins. The washing called for here is ethical rather than ceremonial. God wants us to accept Him with an undivided heart. He wants us to humble ourselves before Him like the penitent publican (Luke 18:13).
Second Thought of the Day:
“Jesus answered, I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” (John6:26-27)
This comment from Jesus comes on the heels of the “Feeding of the Five Thousand.” Remember also, that the numbers of people is “light” as it was normal for only the men to be counted and there were most certainly woman children there as well. Suffice it to say, there was a large crowd that were all fed with two fishes and five loaves of bread.
Acceptance of Christ means accepting Him as the Bread of life. It is accepting the Father’s credential that He is the Son of man and is able to provide life’s greatest need—-eternal life.