If you have ever felt rejected, it might be hard for you to as they say, "put yourself out there again."
Maybe you loved someone and you were not loved back.
Maybe you shared your belief in Jesus with them, and they laughed at you, were offended, and rejected the chance to accept Jesus and live forever in heaven.
When that happens, it's easy to feel defeated and want to give up. Actually, to want to curl up in a ball and hide is the way I felt. You might be surprised to hear that Jesus knows exactly how you feel.
I was reading this morning in my Bible about when Jesus went back to visit his hometown, Nazareth. He had been traveling, healing people, casting out demons from people, and finally He arrives back home in Nazareth and is the guest preacher at the Synagogue that He grew up in. In the town where his brothers and sisters still live, where He was a carpenter. You would think that he was celebrated as a home-town boy that made it, and it was a packed house. Nope, they rejected Him. In fact, the Bible says they were deeply offended and refused to believe in Him.
"Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their unbelief." (Mark 6:4-6)
That makes me sad. It also reminds me of the humanity of Jesus. We forget that yes He was God, but He was also a human and dealt with the same rejection that we deal with. The thing that's so great and different about Jesus is, that He didn't give up. In fact, that's when things went viral.
The very next verse says, "Then Jesus went from village to village, teaching the people. And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two." (Mark 6:4-7)
He sent out his disciples after that experience. They divided and conquered.
The very thing that could have stopped Him in his tracks, inspired Him to work even harder.
The Bible's version of Go Big, or Go Home…
My friend, if your love, an idea, or sharing Jesus with someone has been rejected, please don't give up. Take the example of Jesus, and let it propel you forward.