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Keep focus on serving Jesus

Ah, friends — a new month, a new beginning! I’ve been thinking a lot about acceptance and rejection.

I believe it is a plague for so many of us and a common thread we all share at one time or another. It is also a huge detriment to living out a life of faith. Our enemy knows just how to distract us from a fruitful life of serving Jesus and loving others.

If we aren’t diligent to keep our focus on God, satan will rush in to rob, kill and destroy us, and in the process, we miss the mark. We miss the very life they were created for. Tragic, but too often the truth.

Let me ask you, what were you created for? Is it to be a good dad, mom, employee, supervisor, preacher or president? Maybe a nurse, teacher, banker, librarian, doctor?

The list could go on until Jesus comes back. While all of the endeavors can be good and satisfying, I notice there are so many searching souls. They are searching for significance or acceptance — why?

Why, if the work they do is so satisfying? In my mind, the answer lies in Christ. If what we do on this earth is only to satisfy ourselves and gain the acceptance of others, we will be left feeling empty. There’s got to be a higher goal for our existence. And, of course, there is. There is so much more to life than seeking the praise of man.

Psalm 139 tells us that we were fearfully and wonderfully made. God knew what He was doing when He created each one of us. He created every single soul on the face of the earth with a specific goal in His mind. Often, due to sin in this world, or in our own hearts, we miss the mark. We thwart His beautiful plan for us. Some of you reading this morning have been deeply wounded. You were rejected as a young child, and left to find your worth in “doing”. I’ve been there. It can be a lifelong journey to find healing. But listen, dear friends … if you were rejected by the very ones who brought you into this world, there is One who loves and accepts you fully! Psalm 27:10 says: Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. Amen? See, we can be FREE from rejection, to live a life of love and acceptance. We can live our lives in fruitfulness, because we know the Father, who loves us so completely! So perfectly! We can know that even if everyone around us seems to reject us, we were CHOSEN by God before the foundation of the world! We no longer need to struggle with our worth, either to ourselves or in the eyes of those around us! Think about it. God loves you so very much that He sent His One and Only Son to this earth to die, just for you … that you might be saved from an eternity in hell! If that isn’t love! You are worth Jesus to God!

Friends, your present life circumstances DO NOT define you! God chose YOU! He chose you before the foundations of the earth, the Bible says. You are dearly loved! God is saying to you this morning, “Son, daughter, I chose YOU! I want you in my forever family. I gave you a name. I gave you a place with me, and it’s a place of love and abundance. I gave you my inheritance, a place in heaven one day, and my riches are limitless. Please, son, daughter, stop striving! Stop looking to this fallen world for your security and acceptance. I love you unconditionally, and completely. Remember, I died to give you this peace and security. And friends, if you experience this Love that the Father lavishes on you, I can promise you, you WILL know the Peace that passes all understanding. It will no longer be a hurdle to live that life you were created for, because you will find your worth and your reason for existence in the One who created you, and loves you for eternity.

Lord, this morning, I know many, including myself, who suffer at times, due to rejection … from others. Father, thank You that Your Love is so deep and perfect, and unconditional. I pray for those, especially this morning, who do not know Your Love. Please, Lord, draw their hearts toward You … the ONLY ONE WHO LOVED US ENOUGH TO DIE TO SAVE US! In Jesus name, I Pray. Amen.

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Debby Renninger is a freelance writer and inspirational speaker. She holds a Bible study in her home in McVeytown, where seeking women are always welcome. She may be reached at (717) 250-7086 for speaking engagements.

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