Acceptable To God

September 21, 2004
by Anne Russell

1 Peter 2:3-5 – You have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, the living Stone — rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him — you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (NIV)

Some time ago we purchased a new filter for the furnace. This filter is designed to eliminate the particles in the air passing through the furnace both in winter and in summer.

At the time of purchase, we registered for a reminder to be sent via e-mail when it was time to change the filter. I must confess that we had two reminders before we eventually made the change.

While I was thinking about changing this filter, I began to think of Jesus who acts as a filter (so to speak) when we come to the throne of God in prayer. Just as a clean furnace filter is needed to take out the dirt, so it is when we sinners come to our Father in heaven, Who is sinless. We are imperfect and unacceptable to God without Jesus. It is through Him that our prayers reach the Father, perfect and acceptable. The only appropriate way for Christians to pray is though Jesus Who took upon Himself all our sin, that He might act as the filter through Whom we might come before the Father, blameless.

Unlike a furnace filter, Christ needs no cleaning or changing, for He is perfect, and His sacrifice has been made once for all. He is our one and only mediator, who made the supreme sacrifice so that we might worship and pray in a way acceptable to God.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, we come to You this day to worship You and to pray to You and to our Father in heaven. Cleanse us and act as our filter, that our words may be well-pleasing and acceptable to God our Father. We pray this in Your precious name. Amen.

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Anne Russell <annerussell80@gmail.com>
Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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