In this week’s great exchange, we’re going to reduce rejection’s reign in our lives and replace it by reclaiming our rightful place in God’s heavenly kingdom.
Rejection Reigns Early
Like many of our other messes, we typically learn this one early in life. When we aren’t picked first or second or even third for dodge ball. When that cute boy asks another girl to the dance. When we aren’t chosen to sit at the cool kids lunch table. After that first sting of rejection, we’re more apt to see it and suspect it, even when it isn’t there. And to fear it before it happens.
The fear of rejection is what keeps us from raising our hand with an answer in Bible study, volunteering to share our testimony, or walking up to a group of moms at the playground. It robs us of the community God created for us and teaches us to hide our uniqueness from society. The fear of rejection becomes the reason we don’t share our gifts with the world. Rejection can even cause us to compromise our values and identity in search of acceptance. And if we let it the enemy continue deceiving us, it will keep the world from seeing God through us.
We crave acceptance because we were created for community, but the more we crave it, the more power we allow rejection to have over us.We crave acceptance because we were created for community, but the more we crave it, the more power we allow rejection to have over us. #masteryourmess #reducerejectionsreign #christrejected #imaccepted Click To Tweet
What I Learned from Rejection
A few years ago, I went to a big conference and pitched a book proposal to editors from two major publishing houses. One rejected my idea outright, “Nobody wants to read that.” The other took my full proposal and after several agonizing weeks determined my platform wasn’t large enough for their standards. I don’t know which was worse; having my idea rejected outright or being rejected after careful analysis. Neither felt good.
I could easily have curled up in a ball and quit writing altogether. But that isn’t what I sensed God calling me to do. Hindsight being what it is, I discovered God’s protection and His preparation in that rejection. I wasn’t ready and neither were those words. Instead of the book deal I hoped for, I gained some great perspective on rejection.
When faced with man’s rejection, look for God’s protection.
I find immense comfort in knowing God allows every rejection we face and uses them all for His good purposes. My rejection by man, is not a call to quit using the gifts God has given me. My rejection by man is not permission to lower God’s standards. My rejection by man is not rejection by God. But rather, it is an invitation to lean in to the acceptance available to me through Christ.When faced with man's rejection, look for God's protection. #masteryourmess Click To Tweet
Jesus Endured Rejection
Jesus was well acquainted with the pain and suffering of rejection, too. In fact, His rejection fulfilled prophecy.
“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
But He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. ”
He was rejected by the very people He came to save. And two centuries later, people continue to reject Him, not realizing their every longing can only be fulfilled through a relationship with Him. Yet He never wavered from doing God’s will here on earth. He understood the eternal nature of His earthly mission. Christ’s rejection secures our eternal acceptance. Because of His rejection, we will reign with Him eternally.
And not only that, but He sees our suffering and sympathizes with us. Being fully human He was acquainted with the temptation to please people, meet their expectations, and do what would earn him earthly acceptance. But He never swayed from His mission.Not only does Christ's rejection secure our eternal acceptance, but it ensures we will reign with Him in His heavenly kingdom. #masteryourmess #reducerejectionsreign #christrejected #eternallyaccepted Click To Tweet
Jesus’ Rejection Secures Our Eternal Acceptance
And neither should we. God created us each to uniquely fill a role in bringing Him glory. We can’t do that by hiding how He made us, compromising His commands, or worrying about what what the cool kids will say.
If we are rejected for living as Christ did, we are in good company.
Instead of letting rejection reign supreme in our lives, let’s remember our inheritance of eternal acceptance in the Kingdom. Let’s stop trying to avoid rejection by compromising who we were created to be and start living like the dearly loved daughters of the King we are.
Food for Thought
Which rejections sting the most? How might embracing your eternal acceptance help you overcome the pain of rejection? Looking back, can you see God’s protection in circumstances where you faced man’s rejection? How might it embolden you live more courageously?
For more encouragment, see: Psalm 27:10, 1 John 3:1, Romans 8:38-39, Ephesians 3:18-19, Ephesians 6:7, Colossians 3:23-24, Hebrews 4:15, Romans 8:17, Matthew 19:27-30, Romans 12:2.If we are rejected for living as Christ did, we are in good company. #masteryourmess #reducerejectionsreign #christrejected #eternallyaccepted Click To Tweet
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your incomprehensible plan to win eternal acceptance for me through Your own Son’s rejection. Forgive me for all the times I have forgotten what it cost You to make peace with me. Comfort me when the sting of earthly rejection rears it’s ugly head. Help me by Your Holy Spirit to break free from rejections reign in my life and instead live courageously as Your daughter and rightful co-heir with Christ of Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Linking Up With
For more encouragement please join the discussions on these fabulous blog link ups – Suzanne Eller, Faith On Fire, Susan B. Mead, Faith Filled Friday, Grace and Truth, Faith and Fellowship Friday, Soul Survival, Rah Rah Link Up, Tell His Story, Sitting Among Friends, Testimony Tuesday, Planting Roots, and Fresh Market Friday, Salt and Light, and Becoming Press’s Writer Wednesday, Moments of Hope