It’s a feeling that each of us can relate to. Not only are there times that we feel rejected, but there are times when we actually are rejected.
It’s having the sense of being unwanted, expendable, replaceable, and unworthy. Rejection is a ploy from the enemy himself and it goes against everything Jesus instills in us. Yet we believe it. Why is that?
If I asked you to name a time that you felt rejected you could probably think of a half a dozen instances right off the top of your head. Those moments tend to stand out in our minds and seem to replay themselves over and over. Most of the time when we are feeling this way it’s based on an assumption. No one has really rejected you, you just happen to feel that way.
- You say hello to someone in the hallway at work. They ignore you because they are hurrying to clock-in before they are late. Rejection.
- You wave at someone from afar and they don’t see you even though they are looking in your direction. Rejection.
- A friendly acquaintance is having a birthday party that you didn’t get an invite for but someone you don’t know is in charge of invitations. Rejection.
We tend to overanalyze little things like this and let them burrow down into our souls. There it sits and festers putting a damper on our day, week, or even month if we let it.
Then there is the online dismissal. There is a reason that those Apps that tell you who unfollowed or unfriended you are so popular. Millions of people are given the cold-shoulder on a daily basis. Family members drop family members and acquaintances drop strangers. It seems that everyone is disposable online and yet it still strikes a chord within us. Somehow it still hurts.
Then come the times of actual rejection that threaten to destroy you.
It’s the painful kind that rocks you to your core and it paralyzes you.
- Your spouse has been having an affair and has chosen another over you. Rejection.
- Your best friend has stabbed you in the back and has began bad-mouthing you to others. Rejection.
- After years of dedicated work your job has laid you off due to cut-backs. Rejection.
If you mix all of these different types together and it become a molotov cocktail that is a desperate blend of raw emotion and despair. It can become life-threatening. The reason it hurts so much is because people are behind rejection. Machines and objects can’t make you feel bad, it’s the flesh and blood beyond them.
Oh but Jesus…
Our Lord whispers something different in our ears. What He says drowns out the noise of the world and reassures us that He cares about us. His affections for us run deep and we serve a purpose in His glorious plan. Our worth is so much more than we can even wrap our minds around.
Our Lord himself was rejected, so if there is anyone else who can relate it’s him. As a matter of fact there are still many who push Him away.
You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.
1 Peter 2: 4 NLT
So you see the rejection that each of us feels at one time or another is a wicked strategy from satan himself. If he can convince us that we are worthless then we will sit stagnant in this life. Our purpose will be prevented. Our lights will flicker and grow dim because we are believing the lies of the enemy rather than holding fast to the truth. The truth is that we are valued.
Even if we sit friendless, family-less, jobless, and penniless…our worth is more than gold.
The following is some truth to take with you.
Think about these words.
Let them sink in.
Your worth is found in God Almighty.
No one can take that away from you.
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