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Topic: Rejection (11/15/04)
TITLE: Rejected -Abandoned -Deserted
By shirley shields
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Many we are told in the Word rejected His message including his own earthly family. Many abandoned Him along the way when outside pressure from others arose around them. And then all deserted Him in the hour of His greatest need.
Yet He loved us enough to suffer it all and finish the course set for Him by the Father. We all also have a course set before each of us that the Father desires that we follow and to be obedient in.
When we are faced with the same fleshly emotions, too often we stay quite, slink away, hide or even sometimes side with the wrong party to keep ourselves or our families from facing rejection from others. Self preservation is a human emotion we all have imbedded within our weakened flesh.
Most adultís associate rejection and peer pressure mainly with growing up and being under peer pressure in their school years and the desire to belong in some group or crowd. The need to have the same clothes, the same hairstyles, or go to the same places and basically experience what the cool insiders did was indeed a heavy load to bear at times. We all desire to belong and not be rejected. The fear of rejection is greatest during our formative school days, and many a child has gotten into trouble or formed habits hard to break, from those years. Many have paid a great price physically or emotionally for some bad choices that seemed so important at the time that they will carry through life.
I have also known that being an out spoken Christian in the world today also can cause us to be rejected by our peers or even family members at times. This can happen at home, the workplace or just living in the community you reside in. If you actually stand for some cause you will be labeled negatively by those who disagree with you.
You may be labeled as too radical, or you could lose a promotion at work if too outspoken in this politically, and religiously correct world we reside in today. Even family members may state openly they donít agree with you, because they donít want to be considered different from the popular crowd and be rejected themselves.
It can be very painful at times to take a stand for our Lord; it can cost us dearly at times in the worlds eyes anyway. It all comes down to the choice of whom we desire to please, the world or the Lord. We alone have to make that decision daily as we seek more of the Lord.
The only rejection a Christian should fear is being rejected by the Lord and Him stating He never knew us. Jesus allowed himself to be totally rejected where He could cover all our sins and weaknessí we encounter in this life. He deserves much better than He has gotten from His children. That is true love; we need to seek to love as He did.
Straight is the way and narrow the pathway that leads to life and few there be that find it sure seems to ring true in our world today. God forgive us all and may He grant us the inner strength to take a stand for Him while we still have the opportunity to do so.
©Sue Shields 2004