Many of us faced rejection in life, be it with our family, colleagues, friends or peers. We were hurt one way or another. Jesus faced it too. He was rejected and despise by men and there was no beauty in Him that we should desire Him. Isaiah 53:2,3. The bible said that those who desire to walk a godly life shall be persecuted. 2 Timothy 3:12.
Jesus, the Son of God was scorned, laughed, and mocked at while He was on earth. He was totally rejected by His own people, the Jews. He suffered rejection and in Matthew 21:42 it said that the stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
How then did Jesus handle rejection? First, He did not cower in fear when the religious people wanted to kill Him. Luke 4:29. In verse 31 we see that He went down to Capernaum and was teaching on the Sabbaths. The threat and rejection from the Pharisees did not deter Him from preaching.
Secondly, when Jesus invited His guests for a wedding feast, the people were too indignant to attend. Matthew 22:4,5. Jesus did not give up but instructed His servants to go to the highways and byways and to invite the poor, maimed, and lame to attend. Though he suffered rejection but that did not stop Him from inviting others who are willing to come.
Thirdly, when He was rejected in His own hometown Nazareth, He picked Himself up and went to the other villages who were willing to receive Him. Mark 6:1,5,6. He did not wallow in self-defeat or pity, but He geared Himself up for another task when the previous failed. We must be like Jesus, easily bouncing back to our feet when others rejected us.
Then He send His 12 disciples two by two to witness and instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff with no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts. Mark 6:7,8. In verse 11 Jesus instructed that whoever would not receive or hear them, they are to depart from them, shake off the dust under their feet as a testimony against them, and leave.
Many of us faced rejection as we served the Lord. The pain can be excruciating, yet we are called to take up our cross and follow Him. Luke 9:23. Unfortunately many never seek healing from the Lord for their wounds and hurts, and it just kept them from fulfilling their highest potential in Him. Infact those rejected turned bitter and even blamed God. How then are we to handle rejection?
Firstly, we need a healing touch from the Lord. We need His grace and mercy and we need to pray like never before. It is only the Lord that can touch the very core of our inner being and heal our spirit man. We need to present ourselves to our God just as we are. We must come into His presence with a broken and contrive heart. Psalms 51:17. As we do that, the Lord is able to reach out to us in our inner being and release his power and healing unto us.
Secondly, we are built to fellowship with one another. We are not called to be a loner in our Christian walk. Sharing with our leaders our struggles can release us from the clutter of rejection. Seeking counseling from someone who is matured in his/her faith can lead us to our inner healing. Through an extended time of prayer, the Lord can restore us in our healing.
Thirdly, besides seeking counseling, we also need to walk with the Lord. We must cultivate a habit of prayer and the reading of Godís Word. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to direct and guide our path. It is through intimacy with God that we experienced healing. Our God is a personal God and He delights in our fellowshipping with Him. It is through spending time with God that we draw near to Him and receive our healing. Intimacy with our God is the key to our inner healing.
Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near; that you may receive your healing. Isaiah 55:6.