Rejection attacks us at some of our most basic needs: the need for love, validation, and acceptance. All divinely designed needs, perfectly met in our Divine Designer, and yet we are fragile and frail. We don’t want to need acceptance, but we do. We don’t want to need validation, but we do. And when we give our best and our best is not enough, we feel rejected.
The problem with rejection is that, when left untreated, it leads to dejection. And when we live in dejection, we forget our selection.
Friend, no one knows rejection like Jesus.
Luke 4:24-30 – “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy[a] in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”
All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way. ~NIV
Jesus wants you to bring your rejection to Him. Why? Because you were not and are not rejected. The LORD of Lords and King of kings has chosen you for Kingdom things. He is the One who hardens and softens hearts. Rejection, when viewed through the lens of eternity, is your friend. It guides you and protects you, keeping you from areas the Lord would not have you go. The Lord has selected you for His glorious purposes, He will purpose good from the “rejection” you have faced, and He will purpose it when necessary.
Because you are His. He loves you. And His plan for you is so much better than your plan for you. So remember this today – you are not rejected, so stop living dejected, and start living selected!
Ephesians 1:4-6 – For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.