10 Things that Accelerate Vision: Principle #5 – Acceptance
Many of you know last Friday was a landmark day for our family. We finalized the adoption of our three new sons, Eddy, Godfrey, and William. I wish you could have been in the courtroom as the judge made the final ruling that the Conn family was officially EIGHT! Eight New Jersey Conn’s! This experience has profoundly changed my heart. Each one of my children holds a place of love in my heart and these three new children are no different. The longer I live, the more I understand the power of love and acceptance. We are God’s children and we are to love as He first has loved us.
Principle #5 – Acceptance exemplifies love which communicates the Gospel louder than anything.
“He predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will… In him we have obtained an inheritance” Ephesians 1:5,11
So here we are at another Thanksgiving season. This simple verse above has so much to say about the human condition and the need for us to know we are acceptable to God and therefore are to accept others. Acceptance is at the core of human decency. Every day we have the opportunity to communicate love in its simplest form through kindness, giving, sharing and perhaps most difficult sometimes, forgiveness, even when someone doesn’t deserve it. Because Jesus accepts us, we get an inheritance. I have a VERY RICH FATHER and so do you.
Your Inheritance From Your Filthy Rich Father…
#1 You Were Planned – “He predestined us…” You are not an accident, period. Everything else is a lie. No matter who has rejected you, humiliated, or demeaned you, your life was planned. This inherently means you have value. No matter if your biological family provides for you and loves you, You have been accepted by Jesus. The whole idea of being predestined blows my mind. It simply means Jesus knew us and knows us. #acceptance
#2 You Are Protected and Provided for – “…for adoption to himself…” You are a part of the family of God. Now, for many of us the idea of family is painful, but the way Jesus does family is breathtaking. He protects us as our Father. At the adoption hearing, the judge proclaimed that my new children had “rights to my inheritance.” Beautiful! This means as a child of God, you have an inheritance. Here is what you need to remember: An inheritance is a gift of grace not earned. Your inheritance includes eternal life starting NOW. The inheritance includes the privilege to be the church now and then walk in heaven in your new spiritual body. #acceptance
#3 You Have Power – “…as sons through Jesus Christ…” It is through Jesus and his resurrection power that your eternal life has been sealed. The strength that dwells within you is of monumental significance. Because of Jesus in us, we have the power of spoken word, authority over demonic forces, love that is greater, and the power in us to live in a way that is other worldly. At Thanksgiving, we even see the image of God revealing himself through people who were created in His image who haven’t acknowledged it yet. Show His power through #acceptance this Thanksgiving.
#4 You Have Purpose – “…according to the purpose of his will.” Once you start living for the will of God, everything changes. It transforms how you treat your spouse, how you talk to your kids, how you treat those you work with, even how you choose to spend your money and how much you give away. Open hands are to define our revelation of God to the world through #acceptance. Many times we search for a BIG PURPOSE. However, you will only find the BIG PURPOSE if you start with the small things. Your purpose is to show love and forgiveness in the small things. And here is the hard part…It starts with those who live under your roof and also share your last name. Forgive, accept and thrive with your family this Thanksgiving.
Thank you so much for the countless people who have prayed and journeyed with us during this season.
May you sense the love of God and extend acceptance to people this day.
Join us at 217church for our SERIES #Unstoppable – This Sunday at 10:30am is a special Thanksgiving service.
November 27 – Unstoppable Miracles – Romans 4:17-25, Matthew 6:9-12
For more on our NEW SEASON and Why we moved out of the Theater Click HERE
Josh Conn is the founding pastor of 217church, a multi-site, contemporary church in Mercer County NJ. 217church is a family with small groups in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that meets Sundays at 10:30am at Sharon Elementary school in Robbinsville, NJ. If you are looking for a church in East Windsor NJ, Lawrenceville NJ, Ewing NJ, Robbinsville NJ, Hightstown NJ, Hamilton NJ, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Burlington County or Bucks County, PA, we would love to have you join us. Don’t miss our weekend services. Visit www.217church.com for more information. or watch a weekend message here