Have you ever struggled with self acceptance? Or being accepted by your peer group? I confess that I have struggled with this, even as an adult. I gave it the power to define who I am.
When I learned that I had a new identity, an identity in Christ, I could see that I had already been accepted. It was like Father God had taken his hand, lifted my chin, looked into my eyes and said “I choose you.” For the first time in my life, I felt special.
Others don’t always accept me, God does. Always. We know we are accepted because God chooses us, making us part of His family. When we believe in Christ we get a new life and a new family.
Have you seen the video floating around about the little girl finding out she has been adopted? It is really cool, total tear jerker! This is in the story of every believer. God chooses us to be a part of His family. It happens they day we believe in Christ. We are in His forever family.
The Message Bible says: “Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.”
Ephesians 1:4-6 MSG
God took pleasure in planning for you to be His kid. Amazing!