Rejected or Accepted in the Beloved?
All of us have experienced rejection.
It’s a powerful weapon against our self-worth and can breed thoughts of inadequacy, hopelessness, anger, bitterness, fear and depression.
No matter where it comes from, rejection can cause great damage in how we see ourselves and our value to others.
Each time we experience rejection, the potential for doubt and unbelief increases. How can you have faith in life, others or yourself when you believe you are unlovely, incapable or inadequate in some way? The seeds of rejection produce the harvest of failure. This is nothing more than bondage and oppression.
We often carry this same attitude into our relationship with God.
If others don’t like us, why would God?
If He sees all of our faults and is more aware of all of our weaknesses than anyone else, why should we expect anything good from Him?
Listen to this:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6 NKJV
Paul declares that God has blessed us (v. 3). He has chosen us to be without blame before Him in love (v. 4). He has predetermined that we are sons and daughters in His family—not slaves or orphans (v. 5). By grace, He has made us accepted! (v. 6) This is the nearly too good to be true Good News!
The Greek meaning of the word “accepted” means more than our understanding of the English word.
It means “to make graceful, charming, lovely, agreeable, to surround with favor and to honor with blessings.” Wow!
Do you see yourself as agreeable to God and surrounded with favor and blessings?