Acceptance is a tricky thing... you see, as Christians, do we need to to work to be accepted? I would guess that most of us would say yes, I know I would. We all know those people who try really hard to be accepted into a group of people, but really deep down we all do it, we all want to be accepted by our peers or different groups of people. For some reason we are under the impression that there is happiness in being accepted by a specific person or peer group. Sometime we yearn to be accepted because it might help us get in the 'spotlight'. How do we get accepted into a specific group of friends? We often feel like we have to work really hard, we might need to change or try and be something we aren't. Sadly, we may even been do things we wouldn't normally do.
The real question should be how do we get accepted into the family of God. We all know it feels great in the moment to finally be accepted by that person or group you've been working so hard to get acknowledgement from. The thing is, acceptance we might find here on earth is only temporary, those people might hurt you or maybe for no reason you find yourself on the 'outside' again. Trust me I strongly believe in the importance of community I just don't believe we have to 'work' to gain acceptance in a specific community or by a specific person.
|Image from Julia at Stars and Sun Shines|
It's a daily struggle for me, to remember this amazing gift of acceptance from God. In this broken world there are so many opportunities to stumble and struggling with acceptance from others and even accepting ourselves but I need to remind there is no acceptance greater then that from God.