Author: Ben McClatchey
Title: Acceptance
Scripture: Titus 2:11

We have all heard “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that who so ever believes on him shall not parish but have everlasting life” (John 3: 16). ¬†Comforting, but like so many other “bus passages” I rarely step back and think about what that means in my life.
As a christian, it is my salvation but it is the acceptance of that promise that I often take for granted. I don’t take the time to think about all of the things that I have done that I am less than proud of, that have been forgiven through that sacrifice of purity and innocence in love for me. The guy who was less than caring at the times that I did those things. I am human, flawed, fallen, and sometimes feel the guilt of my gloomy accomplishments. When I accepted the Lord I gave him myself. The good, the bad, the ugly, the hidden… the true me. I accepted the responsibility to be a new individual, a better individual, showing the acceptance of the Lord to others regardless of what kind of sin they are or have committed, in hopes that one day they too, will accept what I have accepted. A new life in Christ Jesus.
Acceptance of the Lord is an acceptance of his love, his forgiveness, and his mission for me even if it means that he uses the bad things that I have done for good. An acceptance of his command of my life. I remind myself every morning that “Lord it is a new day. Use me as you see fit for I am your servant and will not say nay to thee I accept you more than I did yesterday and as I seek to grow in you I will accept you more tomorrow. For I am your servant and you are my Lord and master”.

If I have the time I always reflect on one of my favorite passages. It has stayed with me since I young. it is a reminder,in short, of the new individuals that we as Christians have become in Christ Jesus.

Titus 2: 11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.