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Accepted by God

In Ephesians, Paul tells us that we have been accepted in the Beloved, and that we have become His cherished sons and daughters. In Jesus Christ, God makes possible this favored place, this place of total acceptance. Just like Jacob with Joseph, God’s favor rests upon you as His “highly favored one.” This is true of every single person who is born again into the family of God.

It is this acceptance by the heart of a loving God that sets you free to achieve. Because you are accepted, you can now excel, your performance can now be Spirit-led with the possibility of eternal consequences.

Whenever performance is elevated above the truth of acceptance—whether it’s in the home, in the church, or in your own mind—you are not free to dream. Any sense of destiny or assignment from God is stifled.

Because you are accepted and esteemed, God has an assignment chosen specifically for you. The assignment isn’t measured by how well you’ve done. It isn’t measured by what you’ve earned. It has to do with the simple fact that God has put His love upon you.

Excerpted from A Small Book About God by Roy Hicks Jr.

Daily Reflection:
How does reassurance of God’s love change the way you view the work He has given you to do?

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