Come to Me when you are hurting, and I will soothe your pain. Come to Me when you are joyful, and I will share your Joy, multiplying it many times over. I am All you need, just when you need it. Your deepest desires find fulfillment in Me alone.
This is the age of self-help. Bookstores abound with books about “taking care of number one,” making oneself the center of all things. The main goal of these methodologies is to become self-sufficient and confident. You, however, have been called to take a “road less traveled”: continual dependence on Me. True confidence comes from knowing you are complete in My Presence. Everything you need has its counterpart in Me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
“He made us accepted in the Beloved.” –Eph 1:6 NKJV
ACCEPTED BY GOD!
There’s no pain worse than rejection and no pleasure greater than acceptance, which helps explain the length some people go to in order to avoid rejection and earn acceptance. But the good news is, with God you’re already accepted. J. B. Phillips translates Ephesians 1:6 like this: “He…has made us welcome in the everlasting love he bears towards the son.” And that’s not limited to those who appear worthy because of their good deeds and a flawless moral record; it’s for every believing child of God, lock, stock, and barrel! Cromwell once commissioned a self-portrait. The artist, courting Cromwell’s favor, portrayed him without his obvious imperfections. Cromwell was livid. “I said paint me, man —me, warts and all!” You’re accepted by God, “warts and all.” But note: (1) God’s acceptance doesn’t equal His approval. He accepts sinners, but He can never accept our sin. Indeed, His free gift of acceptance is our greatest motivator to renounce our sin and live to please Him (Tit 2:11, 12). (2) God’s acceptance is unconditional. He doesn’t say, “You’re accepted if you clean up your act.” In the words of Jeremiah, “Can a leopard take away its spots? Neither can you start doing good, for you have always done evil” (Jer 13:23 NLT). God’s acceptance has to be unconditional, because it’s impossible for us to merit it. (3) God’s acceptance is because of Jesus. You’re “accepted in the Beloved.” The doomed Mephibosheth was accepted because of David’s relationship to his beloved friend Jonathan (See 2Sa 9). And as long as God accepts Jesus, and you trust in Jesus, you’re accepted as well.