by Stan Coffey

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How Can I Find Acceptance with God (6 of 7)
Series: Timely Answers to Key Questions
Stan Coffey
Luke 16:19-21

The lesson material today is certainly not new to most of you. If you have your Bible turn to Luke 16:19. And the question is "How Can I Find Acceptance With God?" Everyone in the world secretly longs to be accepted by God. And so different religions of the world try different things to feel that they are accepted by their God. In some religions they throw their babies in to the river to the crocodiles. They sacrifice the babies thinking that will get them acceptance with God. In some religions people wound their own bodies, they punish their own bodies thinking that will help them find acceptance with God. In some religions, people are required even to give everything they have of their material possessions, give it over to the church and that will help them find acceptance with God.

Scripture teaches that acceptance with God comes because of God's grace. That God wants to accept us. We don't have to overcome God's reluctance; all we have to do is lay hold on God's willingness and by faith open our hearts and acceptance with God is a free gift.

But what if you don't find acceptance with God? This story that Jesus told is included many times in the parables although it doesn't really say it is a parable. I think in this case here is an actual story where Jesus pulled back the curtain that separates time from eternity. And He gave a tremendous word of encouragement here to those who know the Lord. And a tremendous warning to those who don't. Let's just look at the passage for a moment in Luke 16. This is the story of the rich man and Lazarus.

Luke 16:19-21 "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores."

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