“As you come to him, the living stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him.” 1 Peter 2:4
Let’s face it at one point or another pretty much all of us have experienced rejection. This can be a feeling so bad that many of us will avoid certain situations that might put us at risk for rejection. Maybe we never apply for the job we want for fear of not getting it. Maybe we never chase our dreams for fear of not reaching them. Maybe we never as the girl we like out for fear that she’ll say no. Whatever the circumstances, we have all faced and experienced rejection. AND, no matter how hard we try, we WILL experience it again. But, we need not be discouraged by it.
It happened to Jesus. In the verse above Peter refers to Jesus as “the living stone – rejected by men.” The Jews had been looking for the Messiah for many years. There were many prophesies that pointed to who the Messiah would be and how they would be able to identify him. Jesus fulfilled ALL of these prophesies. Yet, the Jewish people did not recognize him. In fact they rejected him and, in the end, demanded his death.
Why does this matter? It matters because Jesus is God. He lived a completely sinless life. He was the very person that the Jews were looking for and yet HE WAS REJECTED. I am not suggesting that this will take all the pain out of rejection, but sometimes it does help to know that you are not alone. The devil tries to tell us that whatever our struggle is we are the only one. He tries to get us to believe that no one else understands or has been through it. When it comes to rejection WE HAVE ALL BEEN THROUGH IT, even Jesus.
Be encouraged. There is some encouragement for us here as well. You see, Peter goes on to say that while Jesus was rejected by men, he was CHOSEN BY GOD and precious to him. This is encouraging because it is true of us too, if we have given out hearts to Jesus. Even as Jesus was rejected by men, but chosen by God and precious to him; so are we.
Remember that. Next time you consider avoiding a situation because of fear of rejection remember that you have been chosen by God. Next time you experience the pain of rejection remember that Jesus did too. Next time rejection has you doubting your own worth remember that you are chosen by God and are precious to him.Matt Norman
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