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April 1, 2017, 5:00 AM

Are there any areas of your life where you are still holding onto rejection?  



Are there any areas of your life where you are still holding onto rejection?  Rejection hurts doesn’t it?  I look back on my life and think of all the times I’ve had my heart broken because someone rejected me, and how each time it got a little bit harder to recover from it.  I know after a while I got to the point where I didn’t believe that God was able to repair my broken heart.  He did, but rejection is one of the worst pains in life I’ve ever felt.

 

“And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias.  Then they all prayed, “O Lord, you know every heart. Show us which of these men you have chosen as an apostle to replace Judas in this ministry, for he has deserted us and gone where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and Matthias was selected to become an apostle with the other eleven.” Acts 1:23-26 These three verses finish off the first chapter of Acts. This is where Jesus ascends in to Heaven and the disciples have to decide who will replace Judas, the disciple who chose to betray Jesus for a few coins. Apparently, the remaining 11 disciples are deciding between two men: Joseph and Matthias. They made their decision and chose Matthias, not Joseph, and that’s the end of it. There is no “and the disciples comforted and encouraged Joseph to continue to pursue the things of Christ” speech after he wasn’t chosen.

 

As I read that passage, I couldn't help but wonder how Joseph must have felt.  Rejection isn't fun for anyone. Even if you know that what you were rejected from isn't what God wants for you. It hurts and it can cause you to doubt who you are and what you're doing. It can cause you to harbor feelings of resentment or bitterness.  At times it even can change how you react to God.  We become incredibly great stone masons who construct walls of brick around our hearts to protect them from pain of further rejection. Has anyone else ever done this other than myself?  I know that I became a master at adding stones to the wall I’d built for decades due to pain, rejection, and the list of reasons to add bricks to my wall goes on and on.

 

However, the longer I walk with the Lord the more He’s helping me to tear down the wall I’ve built. I believe one day that entire wall I’d built to protect me will come down and the only shield of protection I’ll need is Jesus. We just have to surrender all to Him, including our feelings of rejection.  Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world knows all too well how it feels to be rejected. “You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.” 1 Peter 2:4  That’s why we can come to Jesus in our time of need and He is ready, willing and able to help us. 

 

This is my Prayer:  God teach me to turn these areas in my life where still holding onto rejection over to You.  Jesus remove these feeling of resentment and bitterness from my heart and replace them with forgiveness and peace.   Lord help me tear down the walls I’ve built in my life.   In Jesus name, Amen. 


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