February 27, 2018 – From Rejection To Redirection
4 Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” 5 And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief.
Then Jesus went from village to village, teaching the people. – Mark 6:4-6
Rejection can sometimes cause hard feelings but Jesus was never offended by people’s reactions. Here, He sets a great example of what to do when people choose to turn away from the Truth. Simply…redirect. These are the same instructions He will soon give to His disciples, as He prepares to send them out on “mission”:
But if any place refuses to welcome you or listen to you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.” – Mark 6:11(NLT)
Some people can deal well with rejection. They’re able to just shrug it off and move on. But for me, rejection has been difficult for most of my life. I faced so much of it as a young girl that it spilled over into my adult life. Often times, it paralyzed me, where I lived in fear of turning to the right or left. I was affected for years to come, and able to hide it pretty well. As a Christ-follower, though, I eventually made my way out of this trap. It hasn’t been easy, by a long shot, but God’s Word gives me confidence: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Jesus was totally confident of His mission. Nothing or no one could move Him away from it. Rejected for 3 years, all the way to the Cross, He was steadfast and honorable with the people He met, knowing that He’d probably be ruffling a few feathers. But He was unwavering and wise…wise enough to know that if He’s rejected, He’ll redirect to those who wanted to hear the Message. Jesus: Himself, said this:
If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first. 19If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.…John 15:18-19
There’s so much strength in this encouraging passage. I can walk in the full assurance that any rejection, which comes my way, is not personal. With the wisdom of God, I can openly share my convictions, knowing full well that if rejected, I will be redirected, by the Holy Spirit, to bring me to those who desire to know the Truth..
Holy Spirit, please help me as I persist on this journey of walking confidently in Christ and His will for my life. Continue to show me how to deal with rejection and opposition and redirect me to those who want to hear the Good News. Thank you, too, for bringing me wisdom in standing up to someone who recently opposed me, someone whom I love dearly, with the same love of Jesus. My strength and courage came from You and You alone! In Jesus Name…Amen!