Monday, September 9, 2013

Pastor's Ponderings: September 9, 2013

Rejection! I was 17, had just been accepted to my chosen university and I was very excited.  Eagerly I went to my favorite teacher to share my good news.  I had done well in his class and was expecting his delight and support. His words crushed me when he said, “I don’t know, that university is really hard.”  I was speechless and walked away rejected, depressed and defeated.  In hindsight, he might have meant, “You are going to have to work hard but you can do it,” but all I heard was “You can’t do it.”

Many of us have felt this way. We expect acceptance, support and appreciation from others only to then feel rejected, humiliated, and despised.  Our family, our friends, our neighbors, our employer, or even our significant other may have all rejected us but we have great news today. We are accepted in the beloved! Whether or not you may feel loved, know that Gods’ acceptance into His family surpasses all others!

This week, remember to look to God who is the source of your acceptance for eternity!

Ephesians 1:3-6
King James Version (KJV)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved

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