My writing is not to downplay the impact of rejection in the life of its victim, but rather to let them know that it’s not the end of the world. Undoubtedly the experience is devastating, disappointing and sometimes frustrating. I have experienced it many times and I believe we all have. Since no one would want to spend the whole of their life moaning the situation, I count it as a privilege to advise someone out there whose life might have been devastated by it through the word of God that has the answers to all human problems.
I don’t think there is anyone who suffered rejection more than Jesus in human history. He was rejected at every point. I like to think that it will be almost impossible for anyone to achieve anything in this world without having to deal with rejection at one point or the other in their life. We all want to be loved and accepted by people….. which doesn’t happen all the time. No one enjoys rejection. And it could be gravely devastating if not managed properly.
JESUS ALSO SUFFERED REJECTION
FROM THE WOMB: Jesus suffered rejection from His mother’s womb. He was a victim of circumstances. The manner which His mother got pregnant was a matter of controversy. As a result, Joseph (His earthly father) rejected the pregnancy. Is your story similar to this? Were you told you are a product of an unwanted pregnancy or you have been told by your parents that they never plan for your birth or your birth was by mistake? I want you to know that, you are not born by mistake, you were born because God wants you here. Don’t live your life listening to those voices. Your arrival was planned by God.
And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. Matthew 1:19 (NAS)
FROM HIS KINDRED : Jesus visited His hometown, where he grew up, the town where He has learnt his trade of carpentry while supporting Joseph. The Bible says he taught in the synagogue and they were stunned by His teachings. They were surprised by His transformation. Despite that, He could not do remarkable miracles among them with all is power. Why? They looked down on Him with disdain and rejection.
Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Mark 6:3 (NLT)
FROM THE WHOLE NATION OF ISRAEL: Jesus not only suffered rejection on a personal level, but also on national level. The whole nation of Israel was against Him. They don’t believe nor accept Him as their Messiah in spite of every evidences and prophecies pointed toward Him. The Kings, the religious and political establishments opposed Him and rebuffed His claim.
He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. John 1 :11 (NLT)
FROM HIS DISCIPLES: During Jesus’ ministry, the disciples grew in number, but at some point some of them walked away from Him. Is either they couldn’t cope with His meticulous way of living or they stopped believing in Him. Another time He was rejected was before the crucifixion. They all left Him to suffer alone. Even Peter the last man standing, denied Him in the end.
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. John 6:66 (NIV)
5. FROM GOD: God is Holy and will never condone sins from no one. On the cross, when all the sins of mankind were on Jesus as a sacrifice and judgement, God rejected Him at that moment. The eyes of God are too pure to behold sins. Habakkuk 1:13
At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Matthew 27: 46
What am I saying here? I’m saying, rejection does not make anyone a failure, but could be that it’s not your time yet, or your opportunity will come somewhere else. Rejection should be seen as a motivation and not as setbacks. If Jesus could make it in life by fulfilling His ministry despite all the harassment and rejection, anyone can ! In fact you are in good company of great people.
AREAS WHERE YOU COULD BE REJECTED
You could be rejected for carrying out evangelism: Our church was rejected by the local authority to evangelise at the city centre even though we have been doing it in the same place for about 9 years or thereabout. Consequently, we turned our attention to other places in the town. We have been more efficient and happier afterwards.
You could be rejected for admission into a higher institution or for an employment: If you don’t give up, you might be accepted back or got opportunity somewhere else. Don’t ever give up !
You could be rejected among family, friends, groups, colleagues at work, name it!
HOW TO HANDLE REJECTION
PREPARE YOUR MIND FOR IT: We shall all experience rejection. It is a common denominator for us all. It’s not every time we’ll get what we want. A time will come when what/who we want doesn’t want us. Jesus prepared for it and He also prepared His disciples for it. He told them Peter will deny Him before crucifixion, He also told them they would be rejected by some people who will not welcome them into their house when he was sending them out for evangelism (Luke 22:33-34, Matt 10:14). It is a way of preparing their minds toward the eventuality so that they won’t be discouraged when it happens. Preparing our minds will help us to take it on the chin whenever it happens to us.
WALK AWAY: Jesus commanded His disciples to walk away from the scene of rejection. This instruction was given to them when He was sending them out for evangelism. In other words, He asked them not to make a big deal out of it. Another time when He was refused to travel across Samaria, He never protest, He never fight them; He only walked away to use another town.
If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. Matthew 10:14(NIV)
DON’T GIVE UP: Don’t be afraid to try again. If you try your best and you don’t succeed you try harder again.
TELL IT TO JESUS: Jesus was once a victim; He’s been there! Open your heart sincerely to Him and tell him how you feel and He will give you your much needed comfort. You need to also know that God had seen your rejection long before it happens, and He would have made a provision of comfort and a way of ESCAPE for you. All you need to do is to tell it to Jesus and He will give you the right counsel and step to take. He will never leave you nor forsake you friends !!
He comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)
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