Have you ever been rejected – felt rejected – been called a “Reject?”
Reject (noun) – Dismissed as inadequate, inappropriate, or not to one’s taste. A person or thing dismissed as failing to meet standards or satisfy tastes.
Reject (verb) – To refuse to accept, consider, submit to, take for some purpose or use. To refuse to hear, receive, or admit.
If you are a called to do something great in the earth, rejection is a part of the process. But, being rejected is not an excuse to stop, quit, or give up. You must still go forth in the work of the Lord. Do It Rejected.
Jesus said it like this:
“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me (John 15:18-21 NLT).”
Jesus was our Greatest Example and proof that you can Do It Rejected.
Beware of Familiarity. Rejection usually comes from, and hurts the most, when it’s family and those closest to you. Think about it; if you’re anything like me, you’re not going to be too broken up when somebody you’re not really close to rejects you. It’s those closest to you who have the capacity to hurt you deeply by rejecting you.
He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him (John 1:10-11 NLT).
Then, there are those who will reject you simply because of where you’re from, i.e., family, location, background, and etc. They will reject you because you turned out better than they thought you would.
He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he taught there in the synagogue, everyone was amazed and said, “Where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers—James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. All his sisters live right here among us. Where did he learn all these things?” And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” And so, he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:54-58 NLT).
But Jesus wasn’t our only example of people who chose to Do It Rejected. Remember Joseph in the Bible (read Genesis 37-50)? Joseph shared his dream with his brothers, and because of his brothers’ envy and jealousy, he was sold into slavery and had to endure prison, being lied on by Potiphar’s wife, etc. Not quite what he had in mind when he had a vision of being “Great.”
But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed (Genesis 39:21-23 NLT).
As it was with Joseph, there are benefits when you to Do it Rejected:
~God is with you.
~God will favor you.
~God will cause everything you do to succeed.
You are probably asking, “Why do I have to Do It Rejected?” I’m glad you asked!
As Joseph told his brothers when they were begging for his forgiveness: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people (Genesis 50:20 NLT).” Your rejection is not about you. It’s about you being positioned so that the lives of many can be saved. Now it makes sense why the scriptures say:
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28 NLT).”
So, That Settles It. It will not always feel good, but Do It. Do It Well. Do It Rejected.
For it is written: “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1:19).”
**HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME – MAY 13!**