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Accepted

Weekly Devotionals

Accepted

Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has also rejected you from being King” – 1 Samuel 15:23

Reading through 1Samuel one question kept coming to mind, “Why was Saul rejected and not me?”  The Bible is clear that Saul was disobedient to God’s commands; sin, without a doubt but aren’t we all like Saul?

Who loves God’s word and follows his commands perfectly?  Honestly speaking, I find myself not very far from Saul. If Saul was rejected solely on actions: his pride and disobedience; aren’t we all in trouble?

In 1 Samuel 16:7, God reminds us that he is utterly and truly different from us. That he doesn’t look to outer appearances but rather, the heart.  When he rejects Eliab and later anoints David as King, was it not because David was a man after God’s own heart?

Is it possible for us comprehend that we are not accepted or rejected by the things we do but by what is in our heart? Wouldn’t this mean that we would need to renew our hearts?

In Romans 2:29, Paul speaks of the importance of the “circumcision of the heart”.  Paul is reflecting on Deuteronomy 30:6:

“And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

How do we get this new heart to love God? It clearly states that it is God who will circumcise our hearts that we may love him with everything we have so that we may live.  There is only one way, one truth, one life, and that is in the cross of Jesus! Colossians 2 reminds us that we have been circumcised with Christ! PTL!!

This is the gospel! We are ACCEPTED because he was rejected. It doesn’t matter what you have done in the past, doing in the present or even will do in the future.  Be encouraged, you don’t have to perform or be perfect! What matters is what Christ has done for you!

What truly amazing love this is! I pray that you will all be encouraged in the fact that you are accepted because of Christ.  May your hearts be renewed in the gospel and may we always see Jesus as our one true King!