I believe the number one key desire for all of humanity is to be accepted. A person that is accepted receives affirmation that who they are as a person is significant. They believe that what they have to offer has value. Finally, they are capable of reflecting this acceptance outwardly through their words, actions, and thoughts.
One would think that this knowledge and feeling of being accepted is easily attainable. After all, in the beginning of creation, when God created humanity, God declared that it was very good. God provided for humanity an opportunity to be a steward over the other parts of creation. It appeared that all was well for humanity.
Unfortunately, the experience that all was well did not last long. Today, the sad reality for many is they have a sense of being the outcast. They do not feel as if they fit in with those around them, that who they are matters, and that what they have to offer has any value. In the end, they may find themselves isolated. So what went wrong?
One of the biggest challenges facing humanity is an understanding that despite being made in God's image, humanity became separated from God when they disobeyed God's command while in the Garden of Eden. Due to the separation that took place, humanity entered a downward spiral. It would take something beyond their ability to gain the connection they once experienced.
The good news is that a way was provided for humanity to reconnect with God. For God did not desire for us to be separated. It is noted at the start of John 3:16 that "God so loved the world..." This love for all of creation never ended, even when humanity was sent out of the Garden of Eden. God continued to pursue us. When God became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, God entered our world to show us more. Through Jesus' death, and subsequent resurrection, the power of death was defeated. The gift of salvation (or being saved from the power of sin), the forgiveness of our sins (what separates us from God), and the promise of eternal life with God was granted to all.
Today, God desires that we recognize how much he loves us. God accepts us for who we are, since God created us. God is aware of everything about us -- all faults and failures included. As a person recognizes that God accepts us, we then can start to acknowledge and accept who we are -- a beloved child of God. This acceptance is not what the world has deemed upon us -- for the world sees only in matters of achievements, success, status, etc. We are more than that.
I would encourage you to claim the true identity of yourself -- the unique personalities, gifts, and talents you have to offer -- just as God claims this identity. You are valuable in God's eyes and God desires for you to use all that is in you to glorify Him. As you begin this process, you will be able to then see others through God's eyes and accept them. When all of humanity embraces the diversity and uniqueness of what God has created, acceptance of each other becomes a reality.
This journey of acceptance will not always be easy, but with each day, we are able to receive God's mercy & grace to start again if we failed. In the end, it will be worth it and God's glory will prevail.
Pastor Arlyn ><>