[CF Devotionals] 2017-10-25 - Acceptance

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According to dictionary.com the above word has this definition:

Acceptance (Noun) 1.the act of taking or receiving something offered. 2.favorable reception; approval; favor. 3.the act of assenting or believing: acceptance of a theory. 4.the fact or state of being accepted or acceptable.

When it comes to my acceptance of Jesus as my Savior and a life eternally with him upon his return, I have absolutely no ambiguity or hesitation in that spiritual decision. In fact, as I recall, in that moment I truly thought I’d have to be out of my mind not to consider this my best option, intellectually and spiritually. When it comes to the acceptance and realization of my physical representation (being liable to die) - changing and ultimately declining - I have struggled. In my head, I am clear about the inevitability of this, yet with it actually beginning for me before turning forty, and now just turning fifty-one, in a few days, it’s been difficult to fully grip. I believe this is very likely setting in more after leaving a job about six months ago, due to those increased effects on me. Much of what I have experienced on my path leaves my body feeling ten plus years beyond my numeric age.

I had it pointed out to me recently that although I have adapted to the idea intellectually, I need to be a better steward of fleshing it out consistently, so I give myself the optimum opportunity to be the best version of the fully-created soul of my Savior. I can tell you that every day this is my desire. I do everything possible to be rested, well-nourished, and have some sort of balanced exercise combined with spiritual food and the exercise of walking out my faith. Some days, I am more successful than others. It just occurs to me that my unfortunate over-enthusiasm on a day I feel quite refreshed, turning into overdoing it physically, needs to be turned over to the spiritual realm. And while there are those physical tasks I need to limit, some in which I just need to change execution tactics, and even some still I now should completely avoid - I don’t have to do that spiritually. I never once felt sorry after perhaps spending longer mulling over scripture on any given day. I’ve never once been sorry I prayed longer throughout my day. And I certainly can’t think of a time I felt sharing the love of Christ with someone was a mistake or a waste of time. When I rely on him to use the gifts he has given me to reach people for him, the way I am meant to do so, there is no better feeling for me. No, it’s not always easy. In fact, his word tells me it will be hard, but the reward for acceptance and obedience will be worth it. Wow! Challenge accepted. He will help me adjust to what life tosses at me in the here and now, and then I will fully know someday, and it will all be clear. Until then, I try my best every day, knowing he’s got my back. He is in full control of my breaking down, tired, sore, angry, disc-damaged back. Thirty-four years, ago my acceptance was of a full renewal promise, and that’s what I am working toward. The rest are just bumps in the road, yet I need to trust his teaching me to steer through them, and not just try to ignore them on my journey.

“… in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.” (Romans 11:14-16 NIV)

The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners&ndsh;of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:14-16 NIV)

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:8-10 NIV)

“…but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:10-12 NRSV)

“So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:7-9 NIV)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV)

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All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.

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