(I hope you’ll always refer primarily to the verse(s) we have under consideration. And prayerfully form your own views before you think about what anyone else thinks. -dk)
Acceptable in Your sight. . . what does that mean? Just a passing grade? Barely getting by? The Bible speaks about people who use that approach and escape God’s judgment and are “saved, yet so as by fire”… they got out, just in the “nick of time,” or by the “skin of their teeth.” …but they got singed. Is that acceptable? If at the last minute you cram for an exam, and just barely squeak by. . . Is that acceptable? In God’s sight?
Will that result in hearing Him at the end of the run say to you: “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter the joys of your Lord.”?
If we hope for the best and the most God has to give, can we expect to give Him the last and least we have to offer? There’s a place in Scripture where God says: “My people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” That is not acceptable. There is an old Christian song which asks what we should give the Master in return for all He has done and is doing. It answers: “Not just a part, or half of my heart. I will give ALL to Thee.” The book of Romans says that is your “reasonable” or “acceptable” response to such love.
Your best may not be very much as far as the world can see. But, just as Jesus blessed and accepted the “widow’s quarter (mite), He will appreciate, accept . . . and use what you give. A little boy with only five biscuits and a couple of small fish gave his lunch to Jesus once when He was here. That little gift was so “acceptable” that the Lord decided to bless and multiply it and feed thousands with it. And inspire us by that example here today!
How can I ever be “acceptable in God’s sight?” The Bible is very clear about some things, and this is one of them. If we accept God’s gift of His son and give our selves to Him, we then can be acceptable to Him.
Forgiveness is offered through God’s Son. When His great grace and mercy are coupled with our faith, the Apostle Paul said that is how we become “accepted” in the beloved. We can actually become welcome members of God’s family through faith in His Son.
In his response to an earlier post on our site, Dr. Lamar Brooks made the suggestion below. If you’ll refer to the “Tips, Tools, and Techniques” post, you’ll recall this is one of the ways you can gain further insight into Scripture. That is, compare it with other places where the same words or ideas appear:
“You have written excellent material. When you go into the word ‘acceptable’ I would suggest that you will find that word well represented in Romans 12:1-2, in the well-known King James Version. It is used there twice, the first time to talk about something that is ‘acceptable’ to God, and the second time something that is ‘acceptable’ to us.”
We aren’t going to be able to exhaust any of the truths we explore in our studies. But, hopefully, we’ll be stirred to think. And in doing so, you’ll find the words of Scripture become a part of your thought processes. Without even trying to do so, you’ll have this prayer engraved in your consciousness. And when you don’t know what to say when you pray, this will serve you in good stead. And if you think right and speak right, I won’t even have a second thought about how you’ll act!
Mull this over at your leisure. We’ll move along to the last phrase, and then go on to the “conversation” Jesus had with Peter that night so long ago in the “upper room.”
Until next time,
Don Kimrey P.O.Box 55, Sneads Ferry, N.C. 28460 Phone (910) 328 1763 Email Kimrln@aol.com