But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:12-13 NKJV
Do you need to “accept Christ” or “receive Christ”?
I am not sure who sees this the same as I do, but, let me share with you what I see.
When I hear the word “accept”, I don’t get this warm, fuzzy feeling about what they are talking about. It seems a little more stand off-ish. You might accept a gift from someone you don’t know. You open it to find an odd or weird thing, but you may use it later as a “white elephant gift” or even throw it away. You accepted it, but did not receive it.
Whereas, you accept a gift from a friend, you open it, and find something you have always wanted. You take home and make a place for it. You use it or admire it. You have received it.
John used the word “received” here, yet often I hear people ask for potential converts to “accept Christ”.
Have you “accepted” Christ or “received” Him? When you witness to others, which word do you use?