The Law of Acceptance
What is acceptance? Acceptance is a reactionary action. It is an act of consenting to receive or undertake something offered. Ready synonyms to acceptance might be reception, admission, approval or adoption.
Acceptance cuts across varied spheres of life and operates in our physical, emotional, social, business and legal strata of life. A gift or blessing must be accepted, love requited is loved accepted, marriage and relational profession of feelings or intent must also be accepted. It is the same in the business world. There must be an acceptance of an invitation, contract proposal, job offer etc. In the legal realm, it is necessarily a basic foundational step to the conclusion of any contract. An offer and acceptance are the basic drivers of law of contract. Acceptance is a really then a necessary condition precedent to the commencement, development, improvement and existence of relations, exchanges and life on varied levels.
Biblically, acceptance is an important spiritual principle. Our salvation is premised on an invitation and acceptance of said invitation. In John 6:37, Jesus states his willingness to accept all that come to him. He makes an offer of salvation, we accept that invitation and then we in turn get accepted into His eternal family and ultimate glory. Paul confirms for us in Ephesians 1:6 that God predestined us for glory and has ensured our place in Him via acceptance “…to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved…” (KJV). Paul further cautions in Hebrews 2:3 that how can we escape if we neglect, i.e. do not accept, so great a salvation? (emphasis mine).
Without acceptance, our salvation, place and position in divine design and purpose would be nonexistent. Every prayer, offering, sacrifice, worship, gift, blessing must be accepted or else be worthless. Without acceptance, a gift is of no use. This is true both in the physical and spiritual relations between humanity and divinity or simply between man and God.
Every spiritual blessing including eternal life must be accepted by the child of God and in the same vein, when we pray etc. we are hopeful that our prayer and profession of faith also gains divine approval. In Psalm 141:2 David pleads for acceptance of his prayer and worship, “…may my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice”. Devoid of acceptance David knew that his prayer would not be received and his words, sacrifice, expressions of adoration and offering of worship would not be received, favored and positively responded to. Acceptance then suggests that not only is the professed offer heard but it is received not rejected, stamped by favor, gains divine approval and ultimately brings a desired expectation to manifestation. Thus, David says of his Lord in Psalm 65: 2 “O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come…” (KJV)
In Matthew 10 :14, Jesus instructs the disciples that whenever they are rejected after offering the gospel via ministration to shake the dust off their feet and depart that place. Implicit in non-acceptance is rejection which is indicative of a curse. Rejection is a negative sign of non-approval and dis-favor under which fruitfulness and the ability to flourish are effectively denied. The non-acceptance i.e. rejection of the gospel and the intended Christian way then indicates a choice of path that is man-made and culminates ultimately in hell.
Acceptance is such a powerful principle that it can effectively strip a person of whatever grace or power they carry and render ministry non-effective and of no consequence. This is simply because we all carry the unique endowment of our personal sovereignty and a willingness to receive or accept ministry brings us into alliance and compliance with the word of God and intents of the Ancient of Days. In Mark 6:3-6, we see the manifestation of non-acceptance. The root of this could be unbelief, refusal to obey the word of God, over familiarity or other personal perceptive inhibitions that block our appreciation of what God wants to do. Even Jesus was brought to seeming inability to impart or impact the people of his hometown simply because of non-acceptance of the blessings, ministry, and gospel that He carried. Devoid of acceptance; ministry can be rendered impotent.
Acceptance can also be the fruit of right intentions and also absolute obedience not just to the substantive rules set out by the Lord but also adherence to the procedural law laid out for execution of particular sacrifices. In Genesis 4, we encounter Cain and Abel. They are the progeny of Adam and Eve-fallen humanity. The state of the parents does not bar the children from building a connection with God and both appear to comprehend the necessity of sacrifice. They both sacrifice and Abel’s sacrifice gains acceptance due to right procedural observance and intents. Cain’s is rejected for the same reasons. Now non-acceptance has not defined the curse but Cain’s reaction to non-acceptance is hatred and anger. Thus God cautions him in Genesis 4:7 “ If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.”
Rev. 5:8 teaches that prayers are incense and when prayers gain acceptance, answers are released.
Rev. 8:1-5 esp. 3-5 3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. 4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.