Oct 24 2013

Rejection

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. 

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10/24/2013 7:48:37 AM
Silvia Joiner United States
Silvia Joiner
As a single mom of three little girls going through the worst separation in history, I find your prayers uplifting and revitalizing to my life every time I come across them! I thank you for your humbleness and sincerity you show! It gives me hope that maybe some day I will be come as strong & knowledgeable in the word as you and even in motherhood.

Keep me, my girls (Emmalee, Adyson, Jaden)and Spuse (Terry) in your prayers! (I won't give up on him. He has been damaged for a long time way before I came along)
10/24/2013 9:50:19 AM
Victoria L Peavey United States
Victoria L Peavey
Love the show and music.  Heard your last comment about abundance.  You may consider setting up a google calendar to go through your cabinets, drawers and home to tithe what you no longer need.  Food Banks, Thrift Stores, Homeless Shelters could all use what hasn't yet been used by you...I KNOW WE BOTH KNOW SCRIPTURE THAT REFLECTS THIS.  KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK <3
10/25/2013 11:20:09 AM
Julie United States
Julie
Thank you Smile
10/26/2013 2:32:04 PM
Laura Bradford United States
Laura Bradford
Hang in there, Amanda! In my thirty-six-year walk with Jesus, I've learned that rejection is part of the Christian life. But we have to stand strong, refusing to let the enemy steal our joy and enthusiasm. When I first came to Christ, my family and friends rejected me. Even my husband mocked me, at first. But, over time, people began to see the fruit of Christ in me. It wasn't my own doing because I was at the end of myself, left with no one to hold onto but Jesus and my new-found Christian friends. That was a GOOD thing, a time when God established me firmly in Christ. And, BTW, many of the folks who initially rejected me did eventually turn to Christ. Rejection was the latest subject of a message by Gary Wilkerson, the son of Teen Challenge/World Challenge founder David Wilkerson. When it comes to rejection, Gary has been there, done that. His message focuses on Joseph being tossed down a well before God used him to be the second most powerful ruler on earth. To read Gary's message, go to:  http://sermons.worldchallenge.org/node/24874. Thanks so much for your ministry!
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