Each Friday my writing stems from a word prompt. Five minutes, one word prompt. The prompt this week is … Accept.
Turning to dictionary.com for the definition, I read … “to take or receive something offered; to agree or consent to; to respond or answer affirmatively to.”
As I sit with the definitions before me, the question comes to my mind, “What is it that we are to accept?”
There is much talk about people being accepted, or our own acceptance, but perhaps the greater question for me this morning is this one, “What I am to accept into my own life?
“So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.” (James 1:21, NLT)
James calls us to a life of repentance – a daily putting off of anything contradicting the life we are to live in Christ. The only way we will ever successfully do this is as we accept the Word of God into our souls. We must receive it, consent to let it do its work in our lives, and respond in obedience.
Accepting the Word will take action on our part. Intention. We must determine to set aside time to quiet our souls, read His Word, and let it do the work in our hearts and minds needed each day.
We humbly accept the word, daily – again and again – renewing our faith and letting our roots go down deep into His truth. As we accept His Word, it will save and shape our souls, molding us into the persons God can use for His glory.
May we accept His Word daily.
“For it has the power to save our souls.”