How do you handle Rejection?
Rejection is a painful thing that nobody wants to experience.
In this season of Christmas, when everyone is celebrating and enjoying, there are some who are experiencing the opposite. It’s not because we are better than them, it’s just God’s grace.
However, the real meaning of Christmas is celebrating the birth of the Saviour Jesus Christ coming into the world to redeem and reconcile humanity back to God. No one likes rejection, yet so many people in the world reject Jesus, the very source of life. How would you feel when you sacrifice your life or something precious for someone you love and care about, and they rub it right back in your face, treating you and your sacrifice as non-existence? It is painful, yet we do the same thing to Jesus today. The rejection He went through before the crucifixion was ordained by God so Jesus can get to the cross. And because of the cross, you and I are promised eternal life.
In life, some rejections are essential for one’s life. Some of them strengthen you while others become foundation necessary for your next phase in life. God will at times allow you to go through some rejections to equip you and prepare you for where He is taking you. Do not quote me wrong, some rejections can be painful, agonising and heartbreaking, but you got to shake it off you, take up courage and faith in God, knowing whatever it is, it won’t last. It’s for an appointed time, and it will surely pass away. No matter how difficult it is, it won’t break you to pieces. And if you think the rejection has shattered your life, God will bring you up again. He permits it for a reason. Remember God won’t allow you to go through what you cannot bear.
Some of the rejections I’ve experienced where overwhelmingly painful, I thought, that was it. They were capable of draining the life out of me. And you know the most painful of all, is when they come from family, friends, relatives, loved ones and people you have sacrificed your time and love for, in one way or the other.
Most of those rejections made me see life differently and appreciate God better in my life, because if it hadn’t been for Him, I wouldn’t be here writing about it today.
One thing I wanted to point out is that suffering rejection doesn’t give us the licence to hate the person or the people doing that to us. I know this is a hard hit to take in but Jesus laid a perfect example for us when He prayed on the cross that God should forgive His persecutors for they didn’t know what they were doing. Not because it wasn’t painful, but because of the love, He has for them and the world. I know you may be thinking, that’s Jesus, not me, it’s easier for Him to do and say that because He was and is God. But remember Jesus was 100% man on earth, and He could feel pain and hunger like we do. The example He laid for us, is this no matter what anyone does to you, you can forgive and still love them. However, this is only possible when you have God’s love in you. Now, even at that been said, you’ll still want not to forgive or love back your persecutor because we are flesh, but we need to remind ourselves at all times, that God’s love is greater and more overpowering than whatever pain and rejection this world has to offer.
Rejection has the potential to keep you back from your God-ordained purpose. It tends to discourage you from moving forward. It makes you doubt your instincts about what God is leading you to do. It leaves you thinking, surely, this cannot be from God, because if it is really from God, then I shouldn’t be experiencing rejection. But sometimes you got to believe and press through, knowing the more the rejection, the greater God’s plan and purpose are for you. People can look down on you and disqualify you, but God is good at taking the unqualified according to man’s judgement and makes them qualify for the very thing in which they were disqualified. The very thing they rejected Jesus for was the very thing God made him be, and nothing could or can change that. He was rejected as King, the Son of God and as Saviour, but God crowns Him to be everything and higher. My Bible tells me in Philippians 2:9 – 11 ”Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Whatever your rejection status is, I want you to know this, that God will arise for you and on your behalf, and will use that same painful experience to bring out something great and beautiful in you. You are precious to Him, and He hasn’t forgotten or abandoned you. You are worth all the sacrifice Jesus came to offer, and He will lift you out of that pit you find yourself.
My dear, you are highly loved and cared about by a King who is above and greater than any earthly king you can ever come across. He is the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords. He is the One we celebrate this season. The real meaning of Christmas. His name is Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world. Would you accept Him today into your life and watch Him alter the course of your life for good. For there is no situation, He cannot change. He is still in the business of beautifying lives and saving souls.
We need no longer to reject Jesus, because He was already rejected before the cross, to get to saving you and me.
I pray that God’s love (Jesus) will fill your heart and soul and bring life overflowing to every deadness in your life.
Rejection cannot hold you down. You are destined for greatness!
What is that rejection you are going through? Have you given it to God and see it as part of the journey to your destiny?
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