Rejection comes in many forms, whether it is from coworkers who pretend you don’t exist, to a friend or family member who seems to never initiate phone calls or time to get together.
In the world of Christianity, sometimes rejection comes when you choose the path of righteousness.
Just as people scoffed at Jesus and ultimately sent Him to the Cross, people will avoid discussing the Gospel, hide events and topics that they don’t want your opinion on.
It almost hurts more when peers choose the passive approach that leaves us guessing.
The reality is: rejection happens to everyone.
What to Do When Rejection Afflicts You
Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. “Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
Sometimes the reasons we get rejected are for petty stuff; things that middle-school children argue over in the cafeteria.
Other times, we are rejected for being quirky, or too loud, or even too quiet.
No matter the reason, there is always a bright side.
Focus on your faith life: Your relationship with Jesus Christ is far more important than what anyone else thinks.
Focus on your physical health: The stress and anxiety that comes with rejection can cause people to make poor choices with diet and exercise. Make conscious healthy choices throughout the day.
Focus on your testimony: What will this story sound like to someone going through the exact same thing as you? Will it be a story that ends in bitterness and loneliness? Or, will it be a testimony of how God is always by your side?
Be Willing To Take A Risk
“Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”