What does it mean to “Accept Jesus”

“You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.” 1 Thessalonians 1:9

You and I are not integrated, unified, whole persons. Our hearts are multi-divided. There is a board room in every heart. Big table. Leather chairs. Coffee. Bottled water. Whiteboard. A committee sits around the table. There is the social self, the private self, the work self, the sexual self, the recreational self, the religious self, and others. The committee is arguing and debating and voting. Constantly agitated and upset. Rarely can they come to a unanimous, wholehearted decision. We tell ourselves we’re this way because we’re so busy with so many responsibilities. The truth is, we’re just divided, unfocused, hesitant, unfree.

That kind of person can “accept Jesus” in either of two ways. One way is to invite him onto the committee. Give him a vote too. But then he becomes just one more complication. The other way to “accept Jesus” is to say to him, “My life isn’t working. Please come in and fire my committee, every last one of them. I hand myself over to you. Please run my whole life for me.” That is not complication; that is salvation.

“Accepting Jesus” is not just adding Jesus. It is also subtracting the idols.

2 thoughts on “What does it mean to “Accept Jesus”

  1. this concept is pure genius. if we do not let GOd be in control then everything else becomes our motivation and what we live for. thanks for posting.

  2. most of the recent blogs you have posted are so relevant to what’s going on in my life. the sad thing is all of these truths are not revalations to me; i know them all. and yet i choose not to act according to these truths. the passive christian community (which includes me off and on) thinks that by accepting God and then letting devotion to him slide is easier than persuing God right back. but it’s acctually harder. our lives never have peace or joy in them because we are not letting God’s blesing overflow into our lives. we are not letting God into our lives; we have just accepted him as an aquaintence.

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