It’s a very simple question. Do you accept God in your life? My guess is that you would say “yes” or you probably would not be wasting your time reading this post. I challenge you to give your answer more thought, and to go deeper. Would the answer still be yes, after answering the following questions?
- Do you accept all of Christ’s teachings, as delivered by Him?
- Do you believe that Christ’s moral teachings are unchanging; meaning what was good for some person 2,000 years ago also pertains to you today?
- Do you abide by all of Christ’s teachings to the best of your ability?
I ask again:
Do you accept God in your life?
Now let’s go deeper. Here are some points to ponder. Do you:
- Think it is okay to end the life of the unborn, to use contraception, to engage in sexual activity outside of marriage, to engage in same sex relations, all because that is the “norm” of the day?
- Think it is okay to righteously judge the conduct of others?
- Put comfort, money, power or fame ahead of serving others?
- Find yourself short on forgiveness?
God does not appreciate this type of behavior. He gave us the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes with the expectation that we would follow them. Therefore, taking the life of the unborn, using contraception, engaging in sexual activity outside of marriage and judging others didn’t make God’s list of morally upright behavior! He expects us to follow His rules; to put Him first above comfort, money, power or fame; and God expects us to extend mercy and forgiveness to the extent that we wish to receive His mercy and forgiveness.
How to Truly Accept God
To say that we truly accept God in our lives, we need to be able to:
- Accept that we are all made in God’s image and likeness. We need to recognize that God lives within each of us! What we say, do and think in our relations with others matters! How we serve others matters!
- Accept that God is omnipresent (present everywhere) omnipotent (all-powerful), and omniscient (all-knowing); always with us, capable of surmounting any problem and knows what is best for each of us.
- Accept God’s authority and His teachings. They are unchanging. It doesn’t matter that we live in the 21st century and times change. God’s rules do not change!
- Accept God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. Accepting our humanness and propensity to sin compels us to soak up God’s love and mercy with humility.
After accepting these points as truth, I encourage you to truly welcome God into your life.