How Does God REALLY See Me? (Part 1)
What does God see when He looks at you? What does He think about you? What’s His heart toward you? let’s set aside how we see ourselves for a moment and take a look at the TRUTH about how God sees us.
1. I am ACCEPTABLE.
Many of us spend our entire lives trying to be accepted by others. We want to be acceptable to our parents, to our peers, to our enemies, to people we envy and even by total strangers.
Our desire to be accepted influences the way we dress, the kind of car we drive, the kind of house we live in, the career we choose and many other things. People will do the craziest things in order to be accepted.
Remember as a kid when you were dared to do something. It was stupid but we went ahead and did it anyway. Why? We wanted to fit in with the crowd. We wanted to be accepted. Some of us have got it in our mind, "If I could just be perfect, then everybody would love me.” I'm sorry to tell you this, but that won't work either.
Even if we are perfect, people are going to reject us. The Bible says Jesus was perfect, yet He was despised and rejected by men. He was rejected by His own people. The problem was not perfection, the problem was with them. Jesus tells us that this issue of acceptance is settled when we receive His grace.
Romans 15:7 "... Christ has accepted you."
Notice there is no condition. It doesn't say, "Christ will accept you if you go to church every week." It doesn't say, "Christ will accept you if you promise to be perfect.” No, it's unconditional, because it's based on God's grace not your performance.
Maybe you've accepted Christ, but have you ever realized that God has accepted you? God has accepted you just as you are without any conditions on it because of His grace.
Some of you grew up with an unpleasable parent. No matter what you did, it was never good enough. If you got C's, they wanted B's. If you got B's on your report card, they wanted A's. If you got A's, they wanted straight A's. If you got straight A's they wanted you to take extra curricular activities. No matter what you did, they just did not give you the approval and the acceptance that you craved.
Some of us today are still trying to earn our parent's acceptance. They may even be dead. They may live in another state. But in the back of our mind that cassette tape is playing and we're hearing, "You're never going to amount to anything." And we're thinking, "I'm going to prove them wrong. I'm going to prove it to them." We're still reacting toward our parents, rather than responding to God.
Let me be honest with you, very blunt. If you did not get your parent's approval or acceptance as a child, in all likelihood you're never going to get it. It's their problem, not yours. Let me say something else even more important: You don't need it. You don't need their approval to be happy in life.
Ps. 27:10 “Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.
God says, "I accept you." If God accepts me and anyone else doesn’t, that's their problem. God says I’m acceptable.