John’s series comes to a close – so I will turn this post over to him…
For the final example of rejection I am going to talk about our rejection.
1 John 3:13 says, “Do not marvel, if the world hates you.”
Matthew 10 cautions us that even members of our own families will turn against us., and John 15 Jesus tells us that, “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you…”
In John 15 Jesus tells us “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you…”
I think that it is a pretty safe bet that most of us have felt at least some of this hostility.
1 Peter 2:4 calls Christ “…a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious.”
Luke 20:17 says that the stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone in the temple of God. The cornerstone is the principal, and most carefully constructed stone placed at the corner of a building
1 Peter 2:5 calls Christians living stones in this very temple.
“You yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
But at our best we are stones in the process of being cut and shaped.
Looking back to Jephthah as an example, God did not choose someone who was what we would call perfect to deliver Israel.
What does He say about us?
1 Corinthians 1:26 tells us that “…not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. “
The word noble means well-born! Many of us were in our own way just like Jephthah. God calls us “the low and the base,” and He is using us to put to shame the mighty!
1 Peter 4:13-14 in the NASB, “…to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you…”
To sum it up, when we are rejected by our co-workers, friends, neighbors, and even our families, we share in the rejections of Jesus Christ and the rejections of godly men and women since this age began. Although our affections have been spurned by the world, they have been accepted by God.
We were not born royalty; we are being made royalty, and in our future positions as Kings and Priests in God’s Kingdom (Revelations 5:10), we will need to have true empathy for those we lead.
Jesus’ sufferings helped make Him perfect in His role as High Priest and King of Kings, and our sufferings will help make us perfect in our new responsibilities with and under Him.
In view of John’s last comment, a fitting note to end his series is the verse below.
And he shall reign forever
His throne and crown shall ever endure
And he shall reign forever
And we shall reign with him
First verse of a song by Graham Kendrick (Available on iTunes)
As John said at the start of this series “Rejection is defined as “the spurning of a person’s affections.”
Whatever the cause, rejection hurts – I imagine there are few of us who have not been touched by it.