Your Christian life discourage you?
Much of it comes from ignorance. What kind? Well, the kind similar to a man standing in a bread line when he has $1,000,000 in his bank account! Why would he live as though he had nothing? Yet, much Christian dissatisfaction comes for the same reason. We wrestle and struggle and fight to secure what we already have!? It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever! Bottom line: it’s unbelief. For example, read the following from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotions. If God has already accepted us believers IN JESUS CHRIST, then it’s not what WE do either way. Right? Read on . . .
"Accepted in the beloved." Ephesians 1:6
What a state of privilege! It includes our justification before God, but the term “acceptance” in the Greek means more than that. It signifies that we are the objects of divine complacence, nay, even of divine delight. [complacence here means “to be pleased with”] How marvellous that we, worms, mortals, sinners, should be the objects of divine love! But it is only “in the beloved.”
Some Christians seem to be accepted in their own experience, at least, that is their apprehension. When their spirit is lively, and their hopes bright, they think God accepts them, for they feel so high, so heavenly-minded, so drawn above the earth! But when their souls cleave to the dust, they are the victims of the fear that they are no longer accepted. If they could but see that all their high joys do not exalt them, and all their low despondencies do not really depress them in their Father’s sight!
Rejoice then, believer, in this: thou art accepted “in the beloved.” Thou lookest within, and thou sayest, “There is nothing acceptable here!” But look at Christ, and see if there is not everything acceptable there.
· Thy sins trouble thee; but God has cast thy sins behind his back, and thou art accepted in the Righteous One.
· Thou hast to fight with corruption, and to wrestle with temptation, but thou art already accepted in him who has overcome the powers of evil.
· The devil tempts thee; be of good cheer, he cannot destroy thee, for thou art accepted in him who has broken Satan’s head.
Know by full assurance thy glorious standing. Even glorified souls are not more accepted than thou art. They are only accepted in heaven “in the beloved,” and thou art even now accepted in Christ after the same manner.
So, if we're already accepted in Christ (the Beloved) don't try to earn it. He did that already. Live in it. Live knowing that more than $1,000,000 is your account. The priceless blood of Jesus Christ secures it all!