Christ never sinned! But God treated him as a sinner, so Christ could make us acceptable to God. – 2 Cor 5:21 (CEV)
Most of us are driven to be accepted. Whether it’s acceptance from a group of students at school, or from your parents, or maybe even at a job, our need for acceptance is strong. When you don’t feel accepted, it can shake your confidence. It can make you fear others or certain situations.
Part of not letting your confidence get shaken by the actions of others is realizing that you’re accepted by God. When you believe on Jesus and the power of what He did on the cross and accept Him as Lord of your life the Bible says that you are now acceptable to God.
That means that no matter how you feel and no matter how others treat you, you’ve been accepted. There’s power in seeing yourself the way God sees you. Instead of seeing all the areas you fail and mess up. God sees you in Christ. God doesn’t see the hurts, rejection, fears, and baggage, rather He sees a person who is perfect and complete in Him.
The hard part for us is really believing that truth. It’s easy to let our feelings and hurts from rejection be more real to us than the fact that in Christ we’re accepted. So if you struggle with rejection and hurt begin to think about this scripture. Realize that there is power in seeing yourself as God sees you.
“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” – Eph 1:4 (NLT)
Have you ever been chosen last when your friends picked teams in a game? I wasn’t that great at sports and so when I got picked last for a team at recess I hated it! I always wanted to be better at the game and wished that I could avoid getting picked last.
No matter how good or bad you are at a sport or a team, it doesn’t really matter. It’s being chosen that makes you important. And the good news is, God not only did God choose you, but He chose you first. This verse says that God chose you before he made the world. He chose you first. He loved you and wanted you to be a part of His family. So regardless if you feel unloved, chosen last, or ignored, that’s not the truth. God loves you and He chose you first!
Focus on truth. People might be fickle. They might not love you unconditionally, but God does. And it’s His thoughts about you that matter. So focus on what He says and know that you’re loved by Him.
Today’s Truth: God loves you, and you’re His first choice!
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. – Eph 2:10
Today’s Bible verse shows us that God didn’t just make you a part of his family. He has also planned GOOD things for us to do.
God doesn’t have bad things in store for your future, only good. You have been created with special gifts and abilities to help others.
Today’s Truth: God has good things in store for you.
In light of that truth, don’t let fear stop you from stepping out and doing the things God has called you to do. Ask God to show you those things. If you stay open, God wants to use you to bless and encourage others.
So today, don’t let anything stop you from doing what God is calling you to do. Be bold and do what He shows you to do.
If you’d like some help in discovering your purpose, check out our awesome e-devotion, The Purpose Planner. It will help you think and pray about the future God has for you.
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. – Ephesians 1:6
Have you ever struggled with not feeling like you’re accepted? Maybe you feel like you don’t always fit in at school, or you don’t like how you look.
If you look for them, there are probably tons of reasons why you might feel like you’re not accepted.
Today’s Bible verse helps us. It tells us that God accepted us. And it shows us that God indeed loves us enough to accept us into his family and call us His children.
Our job is simple: Accept Jesus as our savior.
So when those thoughts come that tell you there’s something wrong with you. Your response should be to tell them no. Those thoughts are not the truth. The truth is, you’re accepted by God. Instead, choose to think about that and be happy because you’re accepted!
If you struggle with feeling accepted, check out this devotion.
God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. – Romans 8:16 (MSG)
This Bible verse talks about one of the most important things you can know in life, who you really are. When you know who you really are, it changes how you feel about yourself, how you treat others, and how you relate to God.
Who you really are is who God says you are. Your value comes from what God says about you. It’s no longer about what you’ve done or what has been done to you. It’s all about your value to God.
Today’s Truth: It’s not about what you’ve done, it’s about your value to God
So, when you feel unloved, when you feel like no one cares, you can take comfort that God always does. He always tells us who we really are. When we get a picture of how God sees us it will change what we think, say, and do. God sees you through the cross and the blood of Jesus. He sees you as someone who has value because He was willing to give everything He had to know you.
Today be encouraged by what this Bible verse tells us. We are children of God.
We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. – 2 Cor 10:12
How many times have you logged into your social media account and felt like a total failure after seeing everyone else’s lives? If you’re like me, it’s quite often. You see your friends who always look amazing in every picture they take. Perhaps you see friends that go on awesome vacations or get to do cool things like zip lining in the rainforest when you’re stuck at home all summer. It’s really easy to start comparing your life to the lives of others and start to feel like a total loser.
That’s a little like what today’s Bible verse is talking about. It tells us that when we begin to classify or compare ourselves we are not wise. It isn’t wise to begin comparing yourself, your gifts, talents, and your life with others. The main reason this is true is that you don’t see yourself fully. Often, we miss our own gifts because we’re so used to them.
We often miss our own gifts because we’re used to them.
Instead of comparing ourselves with others and feeling like we fall short, we would do better to stop comparing completely. We should be looking at our strengths and be grateful for the gifts that God has placed in our lives. Being thankful and having a good attitude is a lot harder than comparing yourself to others, but it’s worth it in the long run. You’ll find that you’re much happier when you stop comparing yourself and start appreciating your gifts!
So this Easter season, remember that you’ve been gifted and called by God to be here in the world today. Don’t let yourself ever believe the lie that you’re not worth it, because to God, you’re worth everything!
God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world. – 1 Corinthians 7:23 (NLT)
Have you noticed how easy it is to get sucked into the things going on around you? You might get pulled into being worried about your weight or looks. Perhaps you get sucked into worrying about your social status at school.
There are so many things yelling for your attention, it’s easy to get sucked into the superficial things of this world. However, today’s Bible verse tells us that God paid a high price for us. That means we matter and we’re important.
Today’s Truth: God paid a high price for us. That means we matter and are important.
When you spend some time thinking about how important you are to God and how much He loves you, it makes the stuff going on at school and home seem a bit less important. So today, spend some time thinking about your value to God. Remind yourself of how important you are to Him and how He paid a big price to bring you into His family. Be encouraged – you are important to God.
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. – Ephesians 1:5
We all have days where we feel like no one really cares about us. We might feel ignored or misunderstood and just wish that would really care about us. On days like that, you can get encouraged by reading today’s Bible verse. This verse shows us that God had a plan in mind for us. God was not okay with you being far away from Him, so He chose to adopt you into his family. You are now a child of God, and with that relationship with God, you get some awesome benefits.
One of the greatest benefits is the ability to know God. You can talk directly to God and let Him shower you with His great love for you. This verse shows us that God didn’t choose you because He had no other choice. He didn’t have to choose you, but He chose you anyway. Choosing you made God happy. He was excited to include you into His family.
God loves you and wants you to be a part of His family. So on those days when you feel excluded or like no on really cares, you can remember that God does. He choose you and He’s glad He did!
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! – 2 Cor 5:17 NLT
If you’ve accepted Jesus as your savior, then you’re made new in Christ. That means that you’ve been given a new spirit that is alive unto God. Once this happens, it’s like you’re playing life by new rules.
I remember one Christmas, I was playing board games with my little cousin. We sat down to play a game that I had played many times and knew all the rules. My cousin, however, wanted to win the game with all his heart. He kept changing the game’s rules and adding new rules to help him win. I had to admit, it was a pretty smart thing to do.
Do you know that this is sort of like what God did for us when we accepted Jesus as our savior? The rules are now written in our favor. We no longer have to be slaves to our past and our old nature. We are now new in Christ.
So today be thankful for what God has done for you. Be glad that you no longer have to play by rules that would make you lose. Now that you’re in Christ, the rules have been written in your favor!
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. – 1 John 3:1
Do you have days where you doubt your worth? Maybe you wonder why you are the way you are, or why you can’t say the right thing at the right time. Perhaps you don’t look the way you wished you did. All this self-doubt can start to weigh on you, and make you feel like you’re not important.
Today’s verse gives us a picture of our worth to God. In it, we see that God has adopted us into His family. Because of this. we now have value and purpose. That means superficial things, like how you look and what you do no longer matter. What matters is what God says about you. Your true value is based on what God thinks of you.
Today’s Truth: Your value is based on what God thinks of you
The good news is, God thinks you’re great. He loves you in a big way. He wants nothing more than to know you. God loves you with a greater love than you’ll ever know. So when you have days where you question your worth, take some time to think about how much you’re worth to God. He loved you enough to adopt you into His family. To Him, you’re priceless!