Matthew – God’s Purposes
No one on earth likes rejection. We avoid it at all costs in many ways. One way is to avoid those you know don’t like you because you love God. Another way is avoid “pesky sinners” who will mock you for your faith. Yet another way is to stay in the background of life at school, work, church, avoiding all social interaction with other human beings. We avoid applying for job promotions because we might be rejected. We avoid expressing our faith openly because of the rejection we know will come in this world. As believers, we hunker down in our churches, avoiding challenging invitations from God to His work…because of rejection by those who judge us for stepping out in faith in such a big way. Whoa!….
Believers, brothers and sisters! It’s not about us! It’s about the God who created us, loved us, found us, saved us and wants to teach us more about Him by sending us to the front lines. Rejection is part of the package. GOD’S OWN SON was rejected by family and the friends he grew up with on this earth. He was rejected because of His powerful, full of wisdom, teaching about God in the synagogues. He was rejected, mocked, ridiculed at every step, every turn, every miracle, every healing, and every time he loved the unlovable.
His final rejection nailed Him to a cruel cross of torture which the religious leaders thought would be his final humiliation and death by their human hands. But death would not be victorious. The religious elite and the mocking crowd of unbelievers would not have the final say. Satan, himself, thinking he would deliver the final blow to end it all found himself to be wrong once more. Only God is God and we are not…God.
What is more painful than being rejected? It is rejecting the One and Only who suffered pain, agony, and excruciating pain so that we can be redeemed, accepted and loved forever by the God who created us. THAT is what really matters. So when we are rejected, expect it, and learn from it. When we are mocked and ridiculed for our faith in Christ, we are in great company! We are given the power of Christ, extreme power that raised Him from death, to overcome any rejection that this world dishes out. Consider the source of worldly rejection and move on. That’s what Jesus did.
Matthew 13, NLT
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
53 When Jesus had finished telling these stories and illustrations, he left that part of the country. 54 He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he taught there in the synagogue, everyone was amazed and said, “Where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?”
55 Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers—James, Joseph,[ Simon, and Judas. 56 All his sisters live right here among us. Where did he learn all these things?” 57 And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.
Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” 58 And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.
GOOD TO KNOW…
After Jesus was raised from the dead and appeared to many to prove his resurrection, his family did believe and became devout proclaimers of Truth in the Person of Jesus Christ, their now Savior AND Lord. James was one of them.
Don’t let failure or rejection stop us from doing what God has led us to be and do. Finish well.
The work God calls us to do is harder at times and more challenging than we thought it would be. This morning I am listening to God’s encouragement to me and I am overwhelmed by His teaching. I hope and pray this has been a blessing and encouragement to you, too, as you follow Christ and obey His teaching wherever you are. No matter what, God is still in control. Jesus will help us do what He invited us to do for His glory. AND He will deliver all the power, wisdom, strength, love, mercy and grace we will need and more. Finish well.
We may never see the results of the seed of faith planted. What matters is that we sowed the seed of God’s Word and stood faithfully and firmly on the rock, the cornerstone of salvation, Jesus Christ.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I needed EXACTLY this for this day. Thank you for your daily Manna from your Word that encourages, heals, convicts, comforts, and challenges us to keep going and not give up. Be our strength, wisdom and power for this day. We lay our fear of rejection by this world at your feet and look up to You with total and complete focus on You. I love you with all my heart, mind and soul.
In Jesus Name, Amen