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January 2, 2014
By Pastor Brad Doss
Grace Baptist Church, Fayette
Do you feel accepted?
Oftentimes we feel that we are not in the know or that we are not in the loop. We all know how that feels. Feelings of rejection, feelings of being alone — these feelings are not made up or dreamed up. They are real.
We try to break through with friendships and other means to be accepted but to no avail. Think about a man that was all alone with no friend, no one to help, no one to talk to. But yet, every day he tried to break through without fail. Every day he wanted to be accepted. Everyone else was able to walk, talk and to move about, but not him. For 38 years he persevered but could not move forward. Then along came this man named Jesus who looked at the man and said, “What would you have Me do?”
All the man wanted to do was to walk, to belong, to be accepted. Jesus, showing His love and compassion, told him to pick up his bed and walk. No more would the man be paralyzed by his sin, his pain, his feeling of uselessness.
This world will make you feel as if you are not accepted, not of the right crowd, the right tax bracket or even the right neighborhood. Then there is Jesus, who came to accept you, to give you eternal life, to make you part of the family and to tell you that there is no man who can save you except Him.
He is looking at you now asking, “What would you have Me do?” Haven’t you sat by long enough? Haven’t you been on the outside looking in long enough? I know nobody’s perfect. But we are a family and He wants to make you a part of that family.
Would you today, just as He has accepted you, accept Him as your Lord?
Would you today, right now, pray this prayer?
Heavenly Father, I know I am a sinner, forgive me of my sin. I have been sitting by too long. Jesus I make You the Lord of my life, come into my heart and save me.
If you prayed that prayer and you meant it, it’s time to pick up your bed and walk. You are now part of a family, you are accepted.
I pray that you will find a Baptist church and tell the pastor you just got saved.