Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. (John 9:35-38)
Years ago, I desired to join a community of believers who seemed to have a handle on support and service to others. They rejected me. I don’t know why to this day. But I can tell you that it hurt me to the core and caused me to question my worthiness in every area of my life, even my salvation. Rejection can do that to a person.
Instead of looking at rejection as a negative response from those I admire and with whom I’d like to be associated, God is teaching me to use rejection as a spiritual weapon in the form of grace. But before I can offer grace to those who reject me, God, also, must help me understand His grace to me.
Using the word rejection as an acronym, here’s what I’ve received by God’s grace through others’ rejection:
We’ll look at sheep on the battlefield. Study John 10 in preparation.
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks