“All you have to do is accept Him.”
“He loves you just the way you are, so you need to accept Him and His love.”
“Accept Him and what He did for you.”
This post is about the three reasons why I didn’t do any of these suggestions...
1) Because it’s not Biblical.
If someone could point out a verse in the Bible that backs up any of the above “accept Jesus” statements, that’d be great. Cuz honestly, I’ve read the Bible from cover to cover multiple times and have never found a singular one.
And don’t give me a verse from The Message “Bible”. Sorry, but that “version” doesn’t cut it for me.
2) Because I couldn’t.
Ephesians 2 says, “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world...” How could someone who is dead miraculously decide to accept something? Anything! Instead, continuing on in Ephesians, it says, “BUT GOD, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loves us, even when we were DEAD in our transgressions, made us ALIVE together with Christ - by GRACE you have been saved.”
3) Because I’m the one who needs acceptance.
Who is the greater one here? Me or Jesus? Do I need to accept Him? “Oh sure, yeah, You can come into my life.” That’s like giving Him permission. And excuse me, but the God of the universe doesn’t need a finite human being - who HE created - to give Him permission to do anything. Instead, it’s the completely opposite way around. I am the dust of the earth, a sinner who has rebelled against His commands, and yet in knowledge that I am desperately in need of salvation. And He accepted me. 12 years ago, a seven year old little girl asked God to forgive her of her sins - past, present and future.
Spectacular reality about that?
He had accepted me long before I asked Him to.
“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”
- Ephesians 1:4-6