Your Acceptance In Christ

From the day of your salvation, your performance and obedience are entered into a separate ledger as tokens of your love and thankfulness to God.

Note Christ's words in His prayer against Satan: "The Lord rebuke thee...is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?" (Zechariah 3:2). It is as though He said, "Lord, will you allow this envious spirit to blame your poor child Joshua for those infirmities of his old nature which still cling to his perfect state? He is just newly plucked out of the fire. No wonder there are some sparks unquenched, some corruptions unmortified, some disorders unreformed." And what Christ did for Joshua, He does incessantly for all His saints, apologizing to the Father for their infirmities and pleading leniency on their behalf.

The second distortion in Satan's argument is in reasoning that because the residue of our old nature still clings to our present efforts, God does not accept them. "Will God," he asks, "take such broken coins from your hand? Is He not a holy God?" Now here is where you must learn discernment. There are two kinds of acceptance I want to discuss: the acceptance of something in payment of a debt, and the acceptance of something offered as a token of love and gratitude. He who will not take broken money or half of what is owed to satisfy a debt, will, if his friend sends him only a bent sixpence as a token of love, accept it joyfully. It is true the debt you owe God must be paid in good and lawful money. But, for your comfort, Christ is your paymaster. Send Satan to Him; have him bring his charge before Christ, who is ready at God's right hand to open the books and show the debit column blotted out with His own blood, and the debt stamped "Paid in Full."

From the day of your salvation, your performance and obedience are entered in a separate ledger as tokens of your love and thankfulness to God. And such is the gracious disposition of your heavenly Father that He accepts your mite. Love refuses nothing that love sends. Not the weight nor worth of the gift, but "the desire of a man is his kindness" (Proverbs 19:22).

-William Gurnall