BUILT TO LAST | Acceptance

Built to Last – Acceptance
 

Have you ever entered a social gathering and felt unaccepted? Maybe no one came up to talk to you? Maybe you felt ignored. Maybe some seemed to glance at you with a “What is he/she doing here?” look?  Few things are more uncomfortable than feeling unaccepted. It virtually guarantees that you will not want to come back again.  

Did you know God is always accepting toward us? 2 Corinthians 6:2-3 tells us, “For God says, “Your cry came to me at a favorable time, when the doors of welcome were wide open. I helped you on a day when salvation was being offered.” Right now, God is ready to welcome you. Today he is ready to save you. 3We try to live in such a way that no one will ever be offended or kept back from finding the Lord by the way we act, so that no one can find fault with us and blame it on the Lord” (TLB).

This passage can be divided into two parts; God’s accepting attitude toward people (v. 2) and what their response should be toward others (v. 3). God put out the welcome mat for all people. He wants Christians to offer the same welcome mat to others. 

Because God is so accepting of us, He wants us to accept people where they are and enable them to grow in faith. We should remove barriers in us and in our church that keep people from a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. We at Crossroads Church never want anyone to leave our worship service feeling that they were unaccepted. Let’s be followers of Jesus who are accepting and welcoming to all people in our lives.
 

Questions for Reflection:

1.    What are some societal barriers that make it challenging for people to reach across to others?

2.    What hinders me from being as accepting of others as Jesus wants me to be?

3.    What step does God want me to take this week to better embody a life of welcome to others so they can be reached for Jesus?

 

– Pastor Dan