We live in a time when everyone wants to be accepted for who they are, no matter what that might be. Currently, there is a spirit that desires to remove all previously accepted norms and replace it with their norm; they believe that you and yours must accept their norm as the norm of the day.
Some parents have given their child the liberty to speak to them any way they want. If that child feels to use profanity, then some parents say, “Let him express himself.” It must have been about twenty-five to thirty years ago when children began to call their parents by their first name. It was seen as cute, hip, and a demonstration of how close the parents and children were. I do not think it is right that a child should call his or her parents by their first name. It’s not acceptable.
Do you remember when it was unacceptable to wear your pajamas outside of your house? Well, today there are those who wear pajamas to the grocery store.
When something becomes acceptable, it becomes the new norm and has the potential to lower the overall standard of the culture. Not only that, but also the previous standard is seen as old-timey, out of fashion, and unnecessary.
Today, we sometimes hear folks say, “Come as you are,” when attending church. In other words, they believe that no matter what you wear in the church building it ought to be accepted by all.
The truth is that God expects you to come as He has made you. God made you with a talent or a gift, and He expects you to come to Him bringing the best of who you are. God does not judge you based on your outward attire. No, God looks at your heart, and when your heart is right, you will do what is right.
Cain and Abel were two very different brothers. They had different gifts. Yet, the key is that God knew they had different gifts because it was God who made them that way.
Genesis 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
God knows that no two people are alike and He has no challenges with that. It is humanity that often pits one person against another based on what they do.
Beyond what you do or what your talent is, God wants who you are. What is your heart towards God? How do you bring back to God the gifts that He has already given to you?
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
God zooms in on your attitude as you give to Him. That is what is acceptable to God.
God gives you life, what do you give God?
God gives you health, what do you return to God?
God gives you creativity, what do you return to God?
Is your worship acceptable to God? If your heart is right, your worship will flow out of a right heart, and that will be acceptable to God.