I have been rejected so many times in my life it’s astonishing to me anyway. I am such a sensitive person that it has been hard and hurt me likely more than rejection wounds the average person. But at this stage of my life I face the possibility of more rejection than ever and am utterly willing to take the risk no matter the cost emotionally. Let me explain.
Choosing to live according to God’s ways in a manner pleasing and honoring to Him in a world in which so many people are living with their backs turned against God for self according to the world’s ways comes with rejection, hatred, and persecution.
And choosing to share the Gospel message, to help people find and follow the Lord Jesus Christ, and boldly and courageously confronting believers and unbelievers alike in the strength of Christ for the glory of Christ with the truth of the Bible as His Holy Spirit leads comes with rejection, hatred, and persecution of one form or another to one degree or another.
Why would someone who has faced decades of rejection and who is so unbelievably sensitive take such a risk, and do I encourage you to take the same risk?
I take the risk because the emotional pain of rejection, hatred, and persecution is NOTHING when compared with the indescribable love, peace, hope, joy, wisdom, rest, comfort, compassion, fellowship, friendship, lordship, and union found in the Lord Jesus Christ, a forever relationship with Him, and the satisfaction and thrill of living to love and worship and glorify Him forever and helping others to do the same!
And yes, I encourage you to take the same risk. Please, friend, no matter the cost to your flesh, no matter the rejection, hatred, and persecution, please live humbly and wholly for Christ and never hold back from helping people find and forever follow Him as the Holy Spirit of God leads you to do!
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,” Titus 2:11-12
“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Tim. 3:12
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,” 2 Tim. 3:8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Romans 1:16