October 5, 2015

Isaiah 53:3
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Rejection is an attribute that many of us must bear as a privilege of the Cross and all that it represents. In John 15:18 Jesus tells us, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated] you.” We are quite likely to face this rejection if we haven’t already, in this road of Christ that we are traveling. Especially the closer that we walk with Him and the more that we become like Him. Rejection is one of the bitter herbs of the Passover Lamb that we must partake of as we eat of His flesh and drink of His blood.
When you are walking in the Spirit and doing the works of the Father don’t be discouraged when you are rejected. You are not the one that is being rejected, but it is the Holy Spirit that they resist and revile. We do not walk this road to be a receiver the praise and accolades of men. We walk it to be well pleasing and obedient to our Father who has called us out of darkness to walk in His marvelous light. The deceitfulness of sin will always reject that light, because it exposes the darkness. John 3: 19-21 tells us plainly, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.””
Do not fear rejection because it is part of the journey; rather let that rejection encourage you that you are walking in the light as He is in the light.
Some of us face rejection for other reasons than spiritual ones. You also need to be encouraged in the Lord. Sometimes our rejection comes through no real fault of our own and for others it may come as a result of our own actions or sins. Here is what the Lord says in Psalms 51:7, “The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” It really matters not what man thinks of us. What is important is where we are at in our relationship with the Lord. He is the one that we don’t want to be rejected by. He tells us that if we will get our heart attitude right before Him in contrition, brokeness and repentance that He will not despise or reject us. It doesn’t matter what your sin has been, how perverse or horrendous, if you will come to Him with a broken and contrite heart in true repentance God’s love is great enough to forgive those sins and Christ’s blood is powerful enough to wash that sin away and cast it as far as the east is from the west.
Whatever area we may be facing rejection, know that it is the Lord we must be right with and that we must fear. Matthew 10:28 exhorts us, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Only God can do that.
Be not concerned with the rejection that is from men, but be right with the Lord in that place of rejection.



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