Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
To be accepted, that is what we all look for to one degree or another. We want to belong. We wear certain clothes, get hair styles (or colors), say and do things that violate our own sense of being just to be accepted by another group of people. Some even will join a church to have this acceptance, this sense of belonging, we attend, join groups, and learn the lingo just to fit in but even that falls short.
Look at what it really says here: we are not acceptable. He makes us accepted in the beloved. Who is this He? Why it I Jesus Christ of course!
Jest think of the story of Levi, also called Matthew. He was a dreaded tax collector for the hated Roman government. The name of Levi means “joined to” and the tribe of Levi was reserved to the service of God. Yet here he was, considered at least a traitor, at worse a thief. He was alone and shunned by his countrymen. Every time someone called his name Levi, it must have mocked him. He was alone, an outcast, not a part of or joined to anybody (except other publicans and sinners).
What did Jesus say to this man? “Follow Me.” He was not acceptable but was made him accepted. And that is what Jesus is doing today. Making those who will follow Him accepted in the beloved, His beloved, His church.
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
We do all kinds of things to be accepted of man and they always let us down. God did the hard part for us. If we believe we are made accepted by Jesus in His beloved.