18th February 2015
‘Reach out and welcome one another to God's glory. Jesus did it; now you do it!’ Romans 15:7 (Msg)
Everyone wants to be accepted.
Jesus accepted ‘rejects’, and it got him a bad reputation with the religious leaders of His day. He was ridiculed for being a friend to sinners. Our Lord accepted the outcasts, the unclean, the poor, and the ‘sinners’. He believed the Kingdom of Heaven was available to anyone that would turn to him.
We ought to accept others because Christ first accepted us. When we accept others, we’re following the example of Christ. We reach out to others as an expression of what we’ve already experienced. Let’s be honest – none of us had it together before we found Christ (and we still don’t have it together). The Church is a collection of dropouts, losers, sinners, failures, and fools. But we have found perfect acceptance in Christ, unconditional and eternal.
As you interact with your world today, consider how you might reach out to someone with acceptance.
Question to consider
Who is the last person in your life that you would expect to become a Christian? How could your acceptance of them build a bridge to Christ?
Lord, open my eyes to see people as You see them, to accept them with Your grace.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.