“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Tim. 3:12
“And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” Mt. 10:22
““If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:18-19
If you hate rejection as much as I do, and have as much of a history of rejection as I do, you might be surprised to know there’s something I do in my life on a very regular basis that is guaranteed to result in more rejection. Wouldn’t you think I would have learned along the way to avoid rejection at all costs given how sensitive I am to begin with and given how much it hurts my heart? I’ve got to be honest with you. There’s one kind of rejection I can’t live without. Because I’m so undeniably unbelievably devoted to doing what causes this rejection that I’ve simply grown to expect it. Know what I’m talking about? Do you face this rejection yourself?
If you live a godly life, believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and striving day by day to live in a way pleasing to God, living according to His ways rather than the world’s, and you proclaim Jesus as Lord to the world around you, and you share the Gospel message regularly with people, and you help people who believe in Him to follow Him, and you’re willing to give up anything and everything for Jesus, and Jesus is number one in your life, you can rest assured you will be rejected. I don’t just know this from experience. I know it because God’s Word says so.
So what should we do when we’re rejected for Christ’s sake? For the cause of Jesus? For following Him? For helping others to do the same? For turning away from a lifestyle of sin and turning to God and His ways instead? Should we go back to the world’s ways so people will love and accept us? Should we not talk about Jesus in public so people will approve of us? Should we not help people follow Him so everyone will like us? NO! We should NOT stop loving and obeying and telling the world about Jesus because some people might hate and persecute and abandon and reject us for this. We should carry on! And God will give us the love, mercy, grace, and strength to do just that! And one day, in heaven, we will see the rewards of living in a manner fully pleasing to Him. The greatest reward being face to face with the Lord Himself!
I promise you the rewards of being in Jesus’ close forever fellowship so far outweigh the hurts of rejection there is simply no comparison. We must simply love and forgive and pray for those rejecting us and set our hearts and eyes upon the glory of the Lord most high, AMEN!