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The Object Of Rejection

But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. 2 Cor. 6:4-10 (NKJV)

Jesus found himself in the midst of an angry mob of people once when He told them, “I and My Father are one.”   This resulted in the crowd deciding they were going to pick up stones and kill Him.  Jesus challenged the Jews by asking them, Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”

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 (Num. 14:8-10). 

There is a saying, “Don’t shoot me, I’m only the messenger” and it can aptly fit when we share our faith, or attempt to lead someone in the ways of God.  All too often the focus of rejection is directed at us for bringing the message, rather than the origin of the message, which is 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)

Knowing this truth we can 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.  This means—

·      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 others is 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.

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?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to be willing to share Jesus with whomever God leads us to, and be willing to be rejected knowing Jesus was rejected too. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for these examples of rejection and persecution in Your Word.  Help us to be empowered to be bold in our witness today despite facing possible rejection.  Fill us with Your Spirit today and let us shine brightly.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott









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