Rejected No More

10 01 2006

Scripture:
Luke 10:16 (NIV) 16“He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

Psalm 6:10 (NIV) 10 All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed; they will turn back in sudden disgrace.

Observations:
Why are we so worried about rejection. No one likes everyone. No everyone agrees with us. Everyone has different preferences, tastes, and affections. Some of us like one thing, others another. Abraham Lincoln said, “You can please all of the people some of the time, and you can please some of the people all of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”

So, why do we get so concerned about people who don’t agree with us — or even reject us?

This week we’ve been listening to a great speaker talk about sexual propriety and addictions. One of the points he has made concerns rejection. He said, it is people that are seeking to avoid rejection that often get into trouble in these areas. This is why some gravitate towards pornography — because the image doesn’t reject us. This is why some seek to have relationships on those who are under our direction, supervision, or subordination — our power over them, makes it less likely that they will reject us. Instead of choosing a sexual partner, we have chosen to exert our power over someone who is weak and unable to reject us.

The same could be said of chemical addictions too. Our fear of rejection causes us to escape into an altered world of chemicals.

The text above is a hard one for people to apply to their own lives. We take the rejection personally. When in truth, if we are truly living in Christ — the rejection of who we are is truly a rejection of Him. It is only when we are living for ourselves that the rejection is of us — but when you think about it, we would probably reject our own feeble attempts at life too.

Application:
To live in Christ is life and a life free of the pain of rejection. To live for ourselves is to constantly fear rejection.

Prayer:
Father God — please teach me to live in you and to be free of the fear of rejection. You are my refuge!

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