Acceptance

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I am watching a weekly video series called “Goliath Must Fall” by Louie Giglio. It’s been a powerful study on facing giants in our life. This week he dealt with rejection. Did you know that David (who ultimately kills Goliath) wasn’t presented by his father for consideration to be king?

I Samuel 16: 10-11 – Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”

David didn’t hold high standing in his family. He held a lowly position of being a shepherd. He served his brothers and father. He didn’t have acceptance in his family. He lived with rejection.

Louie asks in his video, “do you live for acceptance or from acceptance?”

David, who had a heart for God, lived from acceptance. He trusted God. He knew God intimately. He had so much free time alone in the wilderness and used that time to talk to God and develop a close relationship with Him. He owned that he was loved and fully accepted by God. When he fought Goliath, it wasn’t to earn his brothers approval. He didn’t do his job well to earn his father’s approval. He did his job well because that is what God asks of us – to do our best.

If David lived for acceptance, he would have fought Goliath with Saul’s armor and taken powerful weapons. He probably would have made sure everyone saw him and made some proud statements before the fight. Yet, David lived from acceptance so he took his staff, 5 smooth stones and a sling shot.

How different our lives would be if we lived from acceptance (the knowledge that we are fully loved and accepted). We wouldn’t second guess when our friend didn’t reply to our text immediately. We wouldn’t feel embarrassed when our kid throws a fit in public. We wouldn’t be jealous when our friend gets something good in her life and we don’t. We wouldn’t be anxious, nervous, angry, frustrated, etc. but instead would be content and see the lovely, pure and good.

Stop striving for acceptance in your life. Live from acceptance. Let the knowledge that you are fully loved wash over every area of your life. God doesn’t promise a problem free life. He does promise to never leave or forsake you and to be near to the brokenhearted. He’s accepted us. We are fully loved as we are today. What else could we need?

Dream Big! Pray Big!

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