Rejection is the act of pushing something or someone away. When it comes to rejection, it’s pretty safe to say that no one wants to face it whether it’s in the job, in ministry, in a relationship, or any other thing. Sometimes it’s too difficult to handle and deal with rejection. It often leads us to wonder, “Why God? Why does this have to happen to me? Why only me?”
Because we live in a fallen world, rejection is a certainty.
Even if we look at the life of Jesus, we can see how He faced betrayal and rejection from His family (John 7:5), community (Matthew 13:57), the religious authorities, and even from one of the twelve people closest to Him. Jesus encountered opposition and disbelief (Luke 4:16–29). People questioned His authority and authenticity (Mark 6:3). Isaiah 53:3 (NIV) says, “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.”
Psalm 27:10(NIV) ” Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.”
God experienced rejection. (Numbers 14:11)
Joseph, the favorite son of Israel, was hated and rejected by his brothers because of his dreams. The brothers’ anger led them to sell him into slavery (Genesis 37). And in response, what did Joseph do? He never complained; he neither expressed his anger towards his brothers nor towards God. He was faithful to God, Potiphar, the jailor, and to Pharaoh. He forgave his brothers and showed them mercy. Amid the rejection by his brothers, he was able to rise above and become the great ruler of Egypt.
There are times when what we said or did was right, yet it led to our rejection. We are taught to believe that rejection is painful, but it’s not necessarily bad for us. While giving a word of comfort for others we keep saying that if something is meant for us, it will eventually find us, yet we can’t seem to bear rejection when it comes our way. There’s no way to escape suffering. Instead, if we accept it and trust God to use it, He will work it out for our good (Romans 8:28).
As a human, we cannot understand why things happen to us. In your opinion, how should Christians approach rejection? How does Jesus speak into this? Where is the Gospel in our experience of rejection?
Let us know in the comments.
How do we deal with rejection in a Christ-like manner? Well, this will be the topic for next week.