All of us have experienced rejection, this evil emotion, to some degree. Some of us more than others. We hear of the "spirit of rejection." So think of rejection almost as an entity.
Rejection comes when we expect it the least, when our heart is not guarded. It sneaks up on us out of nowhere. Unfortunately, rejection often comes from the people we like or trust the most. Or does it? If only we were more like Jesus, we would be immune to it. Surely Jesus doesn't have issues with rejection, right?!
Is this true?
Let's have a look at the Lord. His walk on the earth was not devoid of rejection. For crying out loud, He started His life from a rejected standpoint. From His childhood until the end of His ministry, rejection was a way of life for Him. Jesus didn't have that many friends to care for His heart to begin with, and even these ended up rejecting Him when He needed them the most. It makes the sting deadlier.
Rejection has to use people to survive and continue its destructive work.Rejection comes veiled in misconception, misunderstanding and expectation we place on people. It needs a vehicle to move, and by attaching itself to the people we love it causes a much deeper wound. The moment we realize it is a ploy of the enemy, the power of hurt is broken.
How can we get free of its poison? Well, how did our Savior?
When Jesus was hanging on the cross, the ones that had rejected Him were laughing and mocking Him. One of the ultimate wounds of rejection is when you are hurt and the ones that hurt you make fun of you. In that very instance, Jesus recognized that these people were innocent victims of the ploy of rejection. At that very moment, Jesus looked at His Father and forgave them. Not only that, but said the reason to forgive them was because they did not know what they were doing!
Rejection comes disguised in people we love. When it comes again, let's demonstrate that we now understand the scheme of the enemy. We have the power to release our friends and family to a greater revelation of love when we do. We also get to experience the power of the resurrected life when we win.
In finishing, we could conclude that every time we encounter the stings of rejection, we are given an opportunity to experience more of Christ-likeness.