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Identifying The Object Of Rejection

Identifying The Object Of Rejection

"I and My Father are one." Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, "Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?" John 10:30-32 (NKJV)

I am sure you have found yourself speaking about God, only to have someone throw a sarcastic comment, or an angry glare at you as if to fire a warning shot to stay away from them when sharing God.  And, I am equally sure you probably took it a little personal during some of these situations.  We can become offended when others don't receive what we were offering because at the core of our offense is rejection.   

This rejection can leave us feeling very uncomfortable and isolated when the one we are sharing with turns against us for sharing.  All too often this rejection is taken personally and with good reason, because it is being directed at us.  I think it is important for us to identify with the object of rejection.

There is a saying, "Don't shoot me, I'm only the messenger" and it can aptly fit when sharing our faith, or attempting to lead someone in the ways of God.  All too often the focus of rejection is directed at the one bringing the message rather than the origin of the message - God.  The fact is, when someone rejects God's truth, it is God they are really rejecting.  Nonetheless, we will be rejected as well because of our association with Christ.  Jesus spoke of this.

Remember the word that I said to you, A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. John 15:20 (NKJV)

Jesus found himself in the midst of an angry mob of people once when He told them He was God.  He said, I and My Father are one.   This resulted in the crowd deciding they were going to pick up stones and kill Him.  We see this same reaction when Joshua and Caleb attempted to convince the Israelites to listen to God and enter the Promised Land - the people rejected God, and as a result they rejected Joshua and Caleb.  

If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land which flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them. And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Numbers 14:8-10 (NKJV)

One can look at these two examples of persecution and be tempted to remain silent rather than testifying about Christ, and sharing the Good News, but this is not what God wants.  If we are to claim God's rewards for professing our faith in Him, we must be willing to face rejection and even persecution.  To live Christ-like is to understand our calling and Christian responsibilities and to be faithful in them as well.

  •  We are not to be of this world (John 15:18-19; Rom 12:1-2).  
  •  We are to be set apart (sanctified) for God's work (2 Tim. 2:21; Heb. 10:10).  
  •  We are to be salt and light in a dark world (Matt. 5:13-16).  

Another thing to remember, when we share Jesus or some Scripture with someone who we feel may reject us, we shouldn't psych ourselves up or become belligerent or hard-faced in our countenance.  It is important to share in love and with a genuine heart.  We can do this when we seek God's Holy Spirit to guide us in our words and actions and when we keep our eyes on God and His will.

Hey Christian, if we are sharing God's word and living in a way pleasing to God we must understand we will face rejection.  I want to encourage you though to identify with the object of rejection - He is the One who died for you and who loves you - He is our Savior and our Lord.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from John 15:20 with respect to our living for God and sharing Christ with others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find yourself not willing to share Jesus for fear of rejection?

APPLICATION: Be willing to share Jesus with whomever God leads you to and be willing to be rejected knowing Jesus was rejected too.  

Father, thank You for these examples of rejection and persecution in Your Word.  Help me to be empowered to be bold in my witness today despite facing possible rejection.  Fill me with Your Spirit today and let me shine brightly.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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