Friday, April 3, 2015

When We Feel Rejected

Rejection doesn't come easily. Sometimes rejection takes the shape of a broken heart with cracked lines through it. I don't know about you but I feel rejected when others do not seem to care. I take it as a slap in the face, "I don't really like you" way of thinking. It hurts. I feel burned and confused.

Galations 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

John 12:43 For they loved human praise more than praise from God.

Folks, I tend to seek the approval of men more than I do of God. I care too much for the opinions of others more than I should. And when I get rejected, I take it as a personal insult assuming that something must be wrong with me.

On this Good Friday, I pause to think about how Jesus felt rejected. He was rejected by his disciples. He was rejected by his people, the very ones he healed, taught, and comforted. His rejection was far worse than mine.And yet, he still gave it all for you and me. He gave himself up as a living sacrifice for OUR mistakes, not HIS.

Unfortunately, what do we continue to do? We reject Him when we don't spend time with Him. We reject Him when we turn our backs on Him to take the route of the world. We reject Him when we say no to Him and yes to other things. We reject Him when we put ourselves first.

Thankfully, He is always there with open arms. He is always ready to catch us when we fall even when we've rejected Him so badly that we don't deserve to be held by Him.

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

With the thought of our sins being nailed to the cross, accept it an invitation to return back to Him. It's not by what you do. Your good works do not get you to heaven. It is by believing in the sacrifice made and what  Jesus has done for us. It is by dying to yourself and living a new life. And when a mistake is made, it's about remembering the grace we've been given.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works so that no one can boast.


  1. Carrie, you put in words what I had been learning this past 2 years but really started to apply in my life the past 6 months or so. Thanks for sharing your heart. We truly are kindred spirits. Seek 1st Christ!!!

    1. Indeed we are kindred spirits! I am so happy God brought our paths together!