Afraid of Rejection

1Peter 2:7
"the stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone."

1Peter 2:4
As you come to Him, the living Stone- rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him.

John 3:36
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him.


Do you fear rejection? I think we all do. We are afraid of being denied by the ones we love. In fact, we spend a large part of our time trying to gain acceptance and favor by friends, family and co-workers. We ponder what we can do or how we can do it better so that we can be liked and accepted. This fear of rejection prevents a lot of people from finding salvation and obeying God because they are afraid that they will no longer be accepted. If we let people know that we are God-fearing individuals, we will no longer belong to the "in-crowd". Because of this fear of not being accepted, we reject God.

What kind of backward thinking creatures are we? We said that we fear being denied by the ones we love. Isn't that what we do to God? He loves us, yet, we reject Him. We subject God to the same type of rejection that we fear. What we should be doing and what we should be focused on is gaining His acceptance and His favor. Every time that preacher gives the alter call and you say, "No, not today", you are rejecting Jesus. By rejecting Him, we are subjecting ourselves to death and God's wrath. We do this because we are afraid that we will lose popularity and/or social status among men. How much longer will we allow the fear of rejection by our friends, family and colleagues to send us to the grave? If rejection grips our hearts so firmly, how much more do you think it grieves the heart of Jesus, our Redeemer, when we reject Him and the One who sent Him? Even those of us who are saved and believe in Jesus find ourselves in situations where we do not obey the Holy Spirit and we reject Jesus. What am I talking about? Think about the last time you found yourself in the presence of a situation where you felt compelled to share Jesus' message with someone and did not. You rejected Him. You were afraid of what that person might have thought of you for saying "I know you're having a hard time, but my Jesus can help. Can I pray for you?". Jesus said that if we were ashamed of Him in front of man, He will be ashamed of us in front of His Father in Heaven. We have to become obedient to the word of God and stop rejecting Him in our disobedience.

Once we can become obedient to His word, we will be rejected by man. Jesus said, "If the world hated me, the world will hate you also". We also know that when we come to Jesus, rejected by men, we are chosen by God. Doesn't it feel great to know that you are chosen by God? Being rejected by others can actually bring a greater intimacy with God. It is better for us that we be rejected by men, even our own flesh and blood, and find eternal life, than for us to reject God and be judged and condemned to eternal suffering. Stop rejecting Him and accept Him today. What do you have to lose? Think of all you have to gain!
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